On April 18, 2019, Dispatch received an anonymous call for a report of a driving complaint. A vehicle allegedly failed to stop for a school bus at the corner of Selkirk and Lyons Ave. The officers attended the registered owner’s address and the driver advised he had turned on to Lyons from Selkirk and the bus was right at the intersection. He advised the lights were just coming on and the bus had not yet come to a complete stop. He observed the driver honk at him but he continued on his way. The driver was advised by the officers to remain cautious and vigilant around school buses.
Failure to stop for a school bus carries with it a fine of $490.00 and 6 demerit points. The highway traffic act sets out that when meeting or approaching from the rear of a school bus with its red signal lights illuminated the driver shall stop before reaching the bus and SHALL NOT PROCEED until the bus moves or the overhead red signal lights have stopped flashing.
If you see a school bus stopping or stopped expect that there will be children crossing the road to get on or off the bus. Its always a good idea to scan the area for people that may be waiting on the sides of the road. They may dart out right in front of you without looking. Don’t expect that the children will look every time before crossing. No one wants a tragedy, so please be patient and cautious at all times when you are driving near a school bus.