Reminder to motorists: Stop for the school bus!

Reminder to motorists: Stop for the school bus!

The North Bay Police Service has recently received a number of complaints from school bus drivers reporting motorists who have failed to stop for the bus’s upper red lights and extended stop arm.

Over the last 30 days, we have received reports of nine infractions:

  • four on the 400 block of Algonquin Avenue;
  • one on Main Street West;
  • one on Murray Street;
  • one on Bain Drive;
  • one on Carmichael Drive; and
  • one of the 600 block of McKeown Avenue.

Reminder to motorists travelling in the same direction as a school bus

Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from the rear with its overhead red signals lights flashing, shall stop at least 20 metres before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves, or the overhead lights have stopped flashing.

Reminder to motorists travelling in the opposite direction as a school bus

Motorists approaching a stopped school bus with its overhead red signal lights flashing from the opposite direction, must stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead lights have stopped flashing. The only exception is on highways divided by a median, which is a raised, lowered or earth strip dividing a road where vehicles travel in both directions. Drivers on the other side of the median approaching from the opposite are not required to stop.

Fines for failing to stop for a school bus:

  • 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).

Notice to vehicle owners

If the driver is not charged, the vehicle’s registered owner can be fined $400 to $2,000 for a first offence and $1,000 to $4,000 for subsequent offences within a five-year period if their vehicle illegally passes a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing. If the vehicle owner does not pay the fine, he or she will not be able to renew the vehicle’s permit.