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Fail to stop for school bus

This offence will stay on your driver's abstract for three years and could significantly affect your insurance premiums.


Duty of drivers when school bus stopped

175 (11) Every driver or street car operator, when meeting on a highway, other than a highway with a median strip, a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing

 

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 notrequired to stop.

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

  • 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)

 
Vehicle owners can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus, even if they weren’t driving.

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