School bus violation
Police have tough questions for a motorist after a school bus in Delhi was illegally passed last week. This serious violation of the Highway Traffic Act occurred last Wednesday morning on Church Street East in Delhi. Police report the bus was stopped with its red signal lights flashing and an attached Stop sign extended into the oncoming lane. The driver of the school bus reported that a woman in a blue compact car sped by despite the requirement for motorists in both directions to stop. “This was a very dangerous act that could have had fatal consequences if an innocent child had been crossing the roadway,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release. “Police remind all drivers to slow down and pay attention to the roadway.” The school bus in question was equipped with a video camera. The violation was recorded along with a licence number. This information has been provided to police. They will follow it up with the vehicle owner. Under Ontario law, the owner of a vehicle caught passing a school bus illegally can be charged with this offence in lieu of the actual driver. Fines for a first offence range from $400 to $2,000. The fine for subsequent offences range from $1,000 to $4,000 and can include a period of incarceration.