Motorists must stop when buses have signs and lights activated or face a fine. (File photo)

Police will be watching closely for motorists passing school buses when lights activated

Too many vehicles ignoring the signs and placing children in danger

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and School District 79 are working together to ensure the safety of children getting onto and off school buses.

They’re reminding residents to ensure they are following the law or they could be fined.

Action is being prompted from the many reports of vehicles passing school buses and in the interest of child safety.

Police will be following school buses in unmarked vehicles, ensuring motorists comply with regulations and not pass school buses when the emergency lights are activated.

“Child safety is priority No. 1,” noted Inspector Chris Bear, Officer In Charge of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. “Passing a school bus with the stop lights activated is both extremely risky and highly avoidable. We will be out doing random patrols to try and prevent this.”

Police are asking the motoring public to be aware and cognizant of this offence. Failure to stop for a school bus carries a $167 fine.

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