School bus stopped on road. photo by Meghan Bond.

Police warn driving around school buses won’t be tolerated

Sarnia police are disappointed in the number of motorists who ignore the rules of the road.

Over the last couple of weeks, police said there have been two to three reports daily of vehicles driving around stopped school buses in the city.

Cst. John Sottosanti said some of the buses are equipped with cameras to help nab drivers who ignore the stop arm and flashing lights.

“For the school bus drivers get the best description or anybody that notices get the best description you can of the vehicle and the license plate, they have to match up obviously,” said Sottosanti. “And for the drivers out there, you see a yellow bus in front of you at eight or nine in the morning, you know there’s kids on there. You should be driving carefully, taking precautions and being aware of the fact that the bus may come to a stop at any point. If you’re in a rush, too bad so sad.”

Failure to stop for a school bus while its stop arm activated and lights flashing can result in a $490 fine and six demerit points for a first offence.