A handful of Cariboo motorists are passing school buses with flashing lights creating an unsafe environment for students according to School District 27.
Randy Cobb, Assistant Manager of Facilities and Transportation says he feels that the Board’s decision to write a letter to local governments seeking support for their Safe Stop campaign is important.
“I think any help we can get to bring this to the attention of the provincial government will help.”
“I know other Districts are doing the same thing and we’re going to try and get pressure province-wide to see if we can try and change some things.”
Cobb goes on to say that more drivers than you might think pass School District 27 buses.
“In our District, it happens at least once a week and many weeks it happens more than once it can be almost a daily occurrence sometimes.”
“It’s a great risk because kids aren’t always paying attention to the traffic around them. They’re assuming that everyone will stop when they see the lights.”
School District 27 says BC has the second lowest rates for fines and demerits in Canada for motorists who pass school buses with flashing red lights.
Current fines are $167 with 3 demerit points according to ICBC.