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Failure to stop for a school bus
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:58 pm 
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My friend and I were driving along (not speeding), then right after she noticed she passed a school bus traveling in the opposite lane. It is her grandfather's car, but her grandfather was in the hospital ICU post heart surgery (proof that he wasn't the driver). She's really nervous as we were driving slowly so they probably did get the license number. Since it'll probably come in the mail, and her grandfather can prove he wasn't the driver, will the owner of the vehicle (her grandfather) be charged and/or receive demerit points?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:15 am 
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He would be charged as the owner, which carries a fine but no demerit points. Its like red light cameras which simply identify the vehicle. He's still responsible even if he can show he wasn't the driver.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:10 am 
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The fact that the school bus was traveling in the other lane makes me wonder what are you afraid of? That is not an infraction.

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My friend and I were driving along (not speeding), then right after she noticed she passed a school bus traveling in the opposite lane. It is her grandfather's car, but her grandfather was in the hospital ICU post heart surgery (proof that he wasn't the driver). She's really nervous as we were driving slowly so they probably did get the license number. Since it'll probably come in the mail, and her grandfather can prove he wasn't the driver, will the owner of the vehicle (her grandfather) be charged and/or receive demerit points?


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Re: Failure to stop for a school bus
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:47 am 
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Section 175 is posted for Bluebird

Duty of drivers when school bus stopped
(11) 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. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 175 (11).
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(12) Every driver or street car operator on a highway, when approaching from the rear a stopped school bus that has its 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. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 175 (12).


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Re: Failure to stop for a school bus
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:53 am 
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She said the bus was "traveling" not being stopped.


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Re: Failure to stop for a school bus
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Bluebird wrote:
She said the bus was "traveling" not being stopped.

Sorry I'm ESL, the bus was stopped in the other lane with the red lights on.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:03 pm 
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In this instance, the vehicle's owner (if the offence got reported) would be looking at a $490 fine, no demerit points, no insurance increase, nothing on the driver abstract - just the fine.

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