Safe Stop Coordinator applauds review of fines for ignoring school buses

first_img“A $167-fine and three demerit points is not enough to deter drivers,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Ministry staff have begun discussions with stakeholders, including the police, and we can expect changes to be in place before the end of the school year.”The announcement that a review would be coming was made yesterday afternoon in Victoria, and Dettling said she was told yesterday morning before it began.“They’ve acknowledge the problem, now they’re going to review it and determine what the fines and penalties will be,” she said.Dettling says even a $368 fine for the offence would put B.C. among the lowest in Canada, and thinks additional demerit points will boost the effectiveness of the fine and get more drivers to refrain from committing the offence.Advertisement Between 2009 and 2014, B.C. police officers issued 1,100 tickets to drivers for failing to stop for a school bus. While no children were killed getting on or off a school bus in that period, 14 children were injured. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The bus driver who brought attention to the low fines for drivers that passed stopped school buses is pleased to hear the Province is reviewing the fines.“It takes a lot of people to get something done,” Cindy Dettling told Energeticcity.ca. “It’s fantastic, I’m glad it’s working.”Dettling started a Safe Stop campaign here in Fort St. John in 2015, campaigning with other bus drivers to get their message across that failing to yield to a stopped school bus — in both directions — is illegal.- Advertisement -She proposed that the government look at raising the fines to $368, with six points against a driver’s license, for drivers that fail to yield to stopped school buses.A report from last month indicated B.C. drivers still weren’t getting the message, and were ignoring school buses at a similar rate of roughly one ticket issued a day.The Province hasn’t indicated just yet what they’re next course of action will be in the review, but a decision will likely be made by the end of the 2015-16 school year.Advertisementlast_img read more