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Failing To Stop For A School Bus

Mar 30, 2022

Failing To Stop for A School Bus Sec 175(11)

  • Meeting with a school bus on a highway is regulated by section 175(11). According to it when meeting a stopped school bus with flashing lights on, every driver or street car should stop before reaching it and proceed only after the school bus moves or turns off the signal.
  • Approaching the school bus falls under section 175(12). It states that approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights, a driver or street car operator should stop at least 20 meters away and keep moving only when the school bus started its movement or turned off the red lights. 

In short, every time you meet/approach a stopped school bus with overhead red signal lights on – stop before reaching it. 

Follow these laws at any time (not only during school hours), on every road regardless of the number of lanes and speed limits. Prosecutors and judges believe that those who get school bus violation tickets endanger our children. It is treated as a very serious offence and consequences are often very severe.

Fines for Failing to Stop for a School Bus in Ontario

School bus ticket – first offence:

  • 6 demerit points;
  • fine from $400 to a maximum $2,000;
  • 30 days licence suspension;

School bus ticket – subsequent offences: 

  • 6 demerit points;
  • fine from $1,000 to $4,000; or
  • imprisonment for max. 6 months;
  • or both;
  • 90 days licence suspension or cancellation (after 3rd offence).