Southern Georgian Bay OPP Receiving Complaints Regarding School Bus Driving Infractions

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Southern Georgian Bay OPP have been receiving complaints regarding school bus driving infractions since the start of this school year. The OPP would like to remind the public that extra precautionary measures should be taken when sharing the roadway with a school bus.

There are specific rules of the road where school buses are concerned and the OPP want to make sure you know the rules and help keep our school children safe.

Driver Rules

Stopped school bus with alternating red lights flashing

  • Driver’s travelling in the both directions must stop for a stopped school bus with its alternating red lights flashing.
  • When you approach the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance to let children get on or off the school bus and cross the road.
  • If you are coming from behind the bus, stop at least 20 metres away.
  • Do not go until the lights have stopped flashing or the bus begins to move.As well as the upper alternating red flashing lights, school buses use a stop sign arm on the driver’s side of the bus. This arm, a standard stop sign with alternating flashing red lights at top and bottom, swings out after the alternating red lights begin to flash. Remain stopped until the arm folds away and all the lights stop flashing.

    Fines

    Drivers can be charged if they pass a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing:

    First offence: $400 to $2000 and six demerit points.

    Second offence (within 5 years): $1000 to $4000 and six demerit points and possible jail time                     (up to six months).

    These rules apply to undivided roadways with any number of lanes in both directions.

    Report driver that do not stop.

    You can report a vehicle that doesn’t stop properly for a school bus to police immediately by calling 1-888-310-1122.

  • Record the date and time of the incident
  • The vehicle’s make, model, colour and licence number and who was driving?
  • Was the bus a “chrome yellow” school bus with the words “School Bus” at the front and rear of the bus?
  • What was the name of the bus company and bus number?
  • Was the school bus stopped?
  • Were the upper red lights flashing and was the stop arm out?
  • Were the passengers boarding or leaving the bus?
  • Did the vehicle pass the school bus from behind or was it coming toward the bus in the opposite lane?

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