Newly installed cameras on District 742 buses, by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, make it easier for bus drivers to report offenders who don't adhere to bus safety traffic laws.
"To change dangerous driving behaviors and keep students safe, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) is awarding more than $3.7 million to 42 schools and transportation companies for stop arm camera systems. This is Phase 2 of a project that is a joint effort with the Minnesota State Patrol and its school bus safety work.
Stop Arm Camera Grant Project
This second round of grant awards represents Phase 2 of a larger stop arm camera grant project.
DPS-OTS announced Phase 1 grant awards of more than $3.5 million to 32 schools and transportation companies in February 2022.
Minnesota state legislators approved $14.7 million in total funding for this project for 2022 and 2023.
The grants will reimburse schools and transportation companies for purchasing and installing stop arm camera systems and supporting software programs.
'Schoolkids shouldn’t have to worry when getting on and off the bus, and no parent should have to fear losing their child to a careless driver,' said Mike Hanson, Office of Traffic Safety director.
'Bus drivers see the violations and near misses. They have a lot to pay attention to as drivers so the camera systems will be an additional, effective tool to help them, and law enforcement find the violators. The cameras will help keep kids safe, hold selfish or inattentive drivers accountable, and change dangerous driving choices.'