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Steeper Fines for Not Stopping for School Buses

Fines are now a lot steeper for not stopping for school buses with flashing lights.

Effective immediately, the Province has more than doubled the ticket for first offenders to $368, up from $168. The offense will still cost drivers three penalty points.

This is the result of a penalty review done in March. Public Safety Minister Mike Morris says getting kids to school safely is a top priority.

“There’s nothing more important than paying attention to the traffic rules, and particularly, paying attention to the flashing lights on a school bus, stopping when you’re supposed to, and protecting the lives of the precious cargo that all these buses haul,” he says.

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Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone thinks the increased fine will send a stronger message.

“We’re hopeful that drivers will be more diligent and they’ll take into consideration the well-being of our children,” he says.

Repeat offenders will pay even more. A second ticket is $668 and a third will be over $1000.

The Province says BC Police issued 1,100 tickets for failing to stop for a school bus between 2009 – 2014. It adds no child has ever died while getting on or off the bus but fourteen have been injured.

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