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B.C Doubles Fines For Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses

A week after announcing a hefty increase in fines for distracted drivers, the province has revealed that fines for passing a school bus with its lights flashing will nearly double to $368 effective immediately.

The new increase comes following a review of the penalties conducted earlier this March. Highlights of the review include that the current fine, $167, is the lowest in Canada and not significant enough to deter drivers.

The province hopes that the fine increase will send a loud enough message to discourage drivers from ignoring flashing school bus lights.

In addition to the original fine, drivers also received three penalty points – this will remain the same.

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“Ensuring the safety of children as they get on and off the school bus is part of our efforts to make B.C. roads the safest in North America,” said Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “We will continue to look at new technologies to help deter irresponsible drivers from passing school buses with flashing lights.”

Between 2009 and 2014, a reported amount of 1,100 violation tickets were issued by police across British Columbia to drivers who failed to stop for a school bus.

Within the five years, 14 children have been injured by drivers ignoring the law and failing to yield.



Image via Province of British Columbia

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