The BC Government is ramping up the penalties for drivers who illegally pass school buses with flashing lights, and the more times you do it, the more expensive it gets.
For a first offence, the penalty rises from 167 dollars to 368 dollars, but Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone says it goes up dramatically after that
“Drivers who don’t then learn their lesson at the first time ’round, if they receive a second ticket it will not be $368, it will be $668, and a third offence will actually run a motorist over $1000 for that third offence alone.”
There won’t be any changes made to penalty points, those remain at three.
Between 2009 and 2014, 1,100 violation tickets were issued by police for drivers that failed to stop for a school bus.
Mike Morris, the Minister of Public Safety says drivers haven’t been getting the message.
“A lot of the attitude in the general public out there is; well yeah, but I’ve got extenuating circumstances, I’m in a hurry to get to my appointment, or I have to do this or I have to do that. There’s nothing more important than paying attention to the flashing lights on a school bus and stopping when you’re supposed to to protect the lives of the precious cargo on board.”
The previous fine of $167 was one of the lowest in Canada.