A Wellington Street Homeowner and Parent says it’s a rare day they don’t see motorists speeding by a stopped school bus with its red flashers on and stop sign engaged.
Michael Medaglia says their daughter started JK in September of of 2018 “we really noticed the problem. Drivers blow past the bus on a daily basis, there are other stops up the street and it’s just as bad” Medaglia tells ONNtv /SaultOnline.com
Armed with a video security camera , Medaglia now has evidence of what he’s talking about.
In the video, on three separate occasions, motorists can be seen driving right past a stopped school bus on Wellington Street. Some, notice after the fact and then stop while others don’t appear to see the school bus altogether.
According to the Province of Ontario website, Failing to stop for a school bus will result in 6 demerit points and driver’s licence suspension for three months, PLUS a $5,000 fine. As of right now in Ontario, if you illegally pass a school bus you will be fined anywhere from $400-$2,000 and get 6 demerit points for a first offence. Fines and penalties vary from province to province.
In Ontario, school-bus drivers and other witnesses can report vehicles that have illegally passed a school bus. If you are the vehicle’s registered owner, these same fines, but not demerit points or jail time, may be applied to you.
Medaglia says he has contacted his ward councillors about the problem, who in turn told the homeowner to contact city police. “ they said they would do what they can, but with only two traffic service vehicles on patrol it’s hard for them to do more.” Medaglia said.
In order to bring more awareness to the issue he also posted the videos to Facebook.
“I would like for these drivers to think about the possible consequences of their actions, I would like to ask them how they would feel if it were their children at risk” Medaglia said, “Drivers blow past the bus on a daily basis.”