Is there any onus on the school bus driver to use judgement when approaching a bus stop and to activate the lights when "safe" to do so - not when an oncoming car is a cars length from your bumper then lay on the horn at the driver as the bus passes them?
What about the instance where you see an oncoming bus, lights are activated (bus is approaching and is still moving). You stop, yet the bus continues past you to pick up kids at a stop further down the way - seems confusing.
Long question short - if the oncoming bus is still moving, then initiates the overhead flashing red lights, if you pass the bus while it's still moving are you at risk of being charged? Or is the offense in passing a STOPPED school bus with flashing red lights activated (regardless if the stop sign is out or not).
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statut ... .htm#BK254
Have you received a ticket or are you just stressing over a recent incident?Kaylan_e wrote:Thanks for the response - how do you raise reasonable doubt that the bus was still moving if its the motorist's word versus that of the school bus driver?
There's no specific "how to", it would be the same as any other charge. You'd have to present your evidence and the driver would present theirs.Kaylan_e wrote:Thanks for the response - how do you raise reasonable doubt that the bus was still moving if its the motorist's word versus that of the school bus driver?
Fail to stop for school bus - meeting
Set Fine: $400.00
Total Payable: $490.00
Demerit Points: 6
Every driver or street car operator, when meeting on a highway, other than a highway with a median strip, a stopped school bus that has its 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.
Former Ontario Police Officer. Advice will become less relevant as the time goes by !