A Reminder to All Motorists

Be aware of school bus vehicles. If a school bus is within sight, chances are children will be nearby.

School buses make frequent stops. Flashing amber lights alert you to the fact that the bus is about to stop.

It is your responsibility - and the law - to stop 5 metres behind or in front of a school bus when its red lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended.

Currently, the maximum fine for passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing and the stop sign extended is $655.65 and assessment of two demerits.

Be smart. As hard as it is to believe, school bus drivers have reported vehicles passing the stopped school bus on its RIGHT side - the side where children enter and exit the bus.

Referenced from: Manitoba Education - Public Transportation Unit - http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/ptu/pdf/if_everyone_does_their_part.pdf

Cam Woodcock
Transportation Supervisor
Rolling River School Division