Be prepared to pay a lot more if you get ticketed for not stopping for a school bus that is picking up or dropping off children.
Transportation minister Todd Stone says he has heard from parents, trustees, and school bus drivers that some drivers just aren’t getting it.
Apparently the current 167-dollar fine and three demerit points isn’t enough of a deterrent.
So Stone says he is now in talks with stakeholders including police to make some changes.
Stone says a new penalty system will be in place before the end of the school year.
“At the end of the day it is not our little kids that the onus is on to be safe. The onus is first and foremost on motorists to be safe and to be looking out for the little ones in and around school buses.”
Since 2009 11-hundred tickets have been issued and 14 kids injured after drivers refused to stop for a school bus with its lights flashing.
“Clearly there are some motorists who are still not getting the message of just how dangerous this is and there are children getting injured as a result.”