VICTORIA B.C. – The B.C. Government announced stiffer fines today for those who do not stop when a school bus has flashing lights on.
The fine used to be $167 but now rises to $368. Drivers will also continue to have 3 points added onto their licence on top of the new fine.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone, made the announcement today alongside Education Minister Mike Bernier and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris.
Stone says the public needed to be more aware.
“It is important that all motorists understand that passing a school bus with flashing lights is dangerous and puts children’s lives at risk. I want to thank the many parents, school bus drivers and school trustees who have brought this issue to the public’s attention. It’s a result of their tireless advocacy that we have increased the fines to send a message that the safety of our children must come first when driving near school buses.”
Also in attendance was Cindy Dettling, who started a Safe Stop campaign in Fort. Saint John in 2015.
Dettling had previously proposed the fine go to $368 dollars and six points against the driver.
Dettling says today is a step in the right direction.
“Up until this day, there were more than 1 infraction of this law every single day in our district. I receive communication across the province and it’s confirmed that every school district in the province is experiencing the same problem. That means, there is more then 50 school districts in the province. That means every single day there are 50 children who’s live are being put at risk by drivers who want to run our lights and that is simply not acceptable”.
There have been no fatalities when a car has not stopped for a school bus.