Charges Laid After Stratford Bus Incident

After a bus incident in Stratford, police are encouraging drivers to familiarize themselves with the rules of the road.

STRATFORD - Stratford Police have charged a driver who failed to stop for a school bus this morning. 

Police say the school bus was stopped and picking up kids when the driver tried to pass. Nobody was injured and police issued a $490 fine. 

Police are asking motorists to review the following Highway Traffic Act rules: 

Drivers, when meeting on a highway, other than a highway with a median strip, a stopped school bus with 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- HTA section 175 (11);

Drivers approaching from the a rear, a stopped school bus with overhead red signal-lights flashing-shall stop at least twenty metres before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal lights have stopped flashing-HTA section 175 (12);

Both the driver and/or the owner of the vehicle can be charged for the above offences-HTA section 175(19) and HTA 175(20). The fines associated with the offences total $490.00 and 6 demerit points. 

Bus companies are also reminding drivers that buses with the strobe light activated on the top of the bus are actively picking up or dropping off students and will be making frequent stops. 

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