School bus vi­o­la­tion

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - NEWS -

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.

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