Brampton, Ontario – It appears that many drivers don’t realize that it’s illegal to pass a school bus when it is stopped and has its red lights flashing, according to CAA South Central Ontario (CAA-SCO). Police in Ontario’s Peel Region have laid 32 charges against drivers for failing to stop for a school bus so far this year, and have received 98 complaints relating to school bus violations in the region.
“Drivers can help keep children safe by doing two simple things,” said Leslie Rocha, community relations specialist for CAA-SCO. “Stop every time you see a stopped school bus with flashing red lights, and don’t move until the red lights stop flashing and the bus driver begins to pull away.”
The penalty for not stopping for a school bus is a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points.
CAA SCO recommends that if you spot a driver who doesn’t stop for a school, bus, safely pull over and jot down the location, date and time; the car’s make, model, colour and license plate; if the bus is large or small; if children are boarding or exiting the bus; and if the driver passed from the front or from behind the bus.