9/10/2018 7:13:48 AM

With the school year upon us, the Ontario Provincial Police are stressing the importance of stopping for school buses. Huron County Media Relations Officer Jamie Stanley says police continue to get complaints and have had issues with drivers stopping for school buses. He says stopping for school buses is in the Highway Traffic Safety Act.

The only exception is a physical barrier in the road like a median. Stanley says it is highly dangerous to pass a school bus with students getting on and off and crossing roadways, as failing to stop for a school bus could result in an injury related collision or fatalities. Police want all drivers to know that failing to stop for a school bus is an owner related offense, which means if the driver can't be identified police can charge the owner. The minimum penalty for failing to stop for a school bus is a $490 fine and 6 demerit points.

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