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).