Norfolk OPP were contacted around 4.30 Tuesday January 23 by a concerned school bus driver after a vehicle failed to stop when the stop arm and red lights were flashing. The school bus was stopped at a Windham Road 12 address when a white coloured Nissan Rogue failed to stop.
This particular school bus is equipped with a camera that captured the vehicle failing to stop and investigators will be following up with the driver. This was a very dangerous act that could have had fatal consequences if an innocent child had been crossing the roadway.
Norfolk OPP would like to take this opportunity to remind the motoring public that every driver MUST stop for school buses.
Drivers approaching a stopped school bus from the front with its overhead red signal-lights flashing shall stop in front of the school bus and not pass until the signals are turned off and the bus moves.
Drivers approaching a stopped school bus from the rear with its red signal-lights flashing shall stop 20 metres behind the school bus and not pass until the signals are turned off and the bus moves. 20 meters allows the school bus driver to view your vehicle in their rear mirrors.
Vehicle owners need to be aware that if the driver can’t be identified, the owner can be charged for the offence provided the licence plate number is obtained by any witness. If convicted, the driver/owner can be fined not less than $400 up to $2,000 for a first offence and to a fine not less than $1,000 – $ 4,000 or imprisonment for a subsequent offence(s). The penalty section also levies 6 Demerit Points to a drivers licence.
“This law is in place to protect our most valuable resource, young children. Passing a stopped school bus is not only against the law; it is a potential lethal decision. Taking a few extra minutes behind a stopped school bus can prevent lifelong regret of injuring or killing a child” comments Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP.