The South Porcupine Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with the Timmins Police Service and local Bus Buddies committee would like to remind motorists about the importance of stopping for school busses.
The OPP, Timmins Police Service, area school boards and school bus companies are collaborating to raise awareness of the importance of stopping for school busses. Daily in this Region there are over 12,000 students taking the bus to get to and from school. In the Province of Ontario the number of students taking the bus is in excess of 800,000.
Motorists should know the following rules regarding school busses:
When driving on a road without a median
- Drivers traveling 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.
Under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), drivers can be charged for failing stop for a bus with its upper red flashing lights. The fines include:
- First offence: $400 to $2,000 fine and six demerit points
- Each following offence: $1,000 to $4,000 fine, six demerit points and possible incarceration
It should also be noted that vehicle owners can also be charged even if they weren’t driving.
If you witness a vehicle failing to stop for a school bus call police immediately. As motorists you have the responsibility to adhere to the rules of the road. Please STOP for flashing lights on school busses.