I feel stupid and awful.
Today, I passed a school bus that might have had its lights on. I was coming toward it. I continued driving because it hadn’t seemed to have stopped yet and the stop arm was not out.
I didn’t realize what I had done until I heard pedestrians yelling at me but by then I was already past the bus and couldn’t stop.
Do I need to worry about getting a ticket and/or charged?
I should mention I live in York Region.
Their version may vary from your own.
The bus would, at the very least, need to come to a stop.
Yes, it's possible they'll charge whoever the owner of the vehicle is. That may or may not be you, but a ticket could be issued.
It's extremely common.
Whose version? The driver or the pedestrians. I’m not even sure the driver saw me. There was no honking.
Like I said, as far as I could tell the bus was still moving. The stop sign was definitely not out and the door wasn’t open.
If a ticket is issued, how long before it would come in the mail? I’m freaking out about this.
The bus driver would file a report. They do it all the time. The province provides them with a form specifically for them.
If the bus hadn't stopped and the driver was aware of this, they wouldn't file a report anyways.
A lot of municipalities are also now starting to retrofit their buses with cameras for this very purpose.
An officer has up to six months to charge you with an offense.
Keep in mind that when you are charged as an owner, you can pay the fine and move on with your life. They are similar to parking tickets. You can treat them the same way.
Ok thank you.
It’s unlikely that in the time that I drove by that either the driver or the pedestrians would have been able to get my licence plate number. There may have been a car behind me but again, they would have to have been quick to take my plate number down. I didn’t see anyone with their camera out.
If the bus had a camera, I’ve read that it would have been on the stop sign which definitely didn’t come out.
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