Reminder to motorists: Stop for the school bus!

Reminder to motorists: Stop for the school bus!

The North Bay Police Service continues to receive complaints regarding motorists who fail to stop for a school bus. Motorists are reminded that they must stop in both directions when a school bus’s upper red lights are flashing. Vehicle owners are also advised that they can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus, even if they weren’t the ones driving at the time.

Know the rules
When driving on a road without a median:

  • drivers travelling in both directions must stop for a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing
  • when you approach the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance to let children get on or off the bus and cross the road
  • don’t move forward until the red lights have stopped flashing or the bus begins to move.

When driving on a road with a median, traffic coming from the opposite direction is not required to stop.


  • First offence: $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points.
  • Each following offence: $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points and possible jail time (up to six months).

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