How Many Reasons Do You Need to Pay Better Attention to Buses?
While there are a dozens of reasons for motorists to pay better attention to buses, there are two that we think warrant your attention.
According to Motor Vehicle Act s.149:
When a school bus is stopped and loading or unloading passengers, traffic both behind the bus and approaching it must stop and wait until the bus starts driving or the bus driver signals for traffic to proceed. You must stop and wait until it is appropriate to continue driving.
If you fail to follow this law in British Columbia, you can be fined up to $167 and three points. The penalties are every steeper in other provinces. In New Brunswick, passing a school bus while it is loading or unloading passengers will cost you $1,006.50 and the loss of your license.
However, there is an even better reason to stop when a bus is flashing its red lights—the potential to save a life. Too many children are injured, even killed, each year by motorists who do not have the patience to wait until it is safe to continue. In other cases, the driver simply isn’t paying attention. But, no matter what the excuse, we all know there is no good reason to drive dangerously around a bus.
Our concern does not end with the children riding the bus. Did you know that the majority of accidents with a bus injure or kill the occupants of the car, not the bus? This means that the motivation for drivers to avoid accidents with buses is to avoid getting seriously hurt.
Our attorneys have seen too many lives taken, too many families altered by a bus crash. If you are one of these families, please call our office today. We are ready and able to get you the compensation you need to move on from the crash.
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