Police nail young P.E.I. man for passing school bus

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Unmarked police car behind suspect vehicle as it passes bus fully lit with flashing lights, stop sign out

A P.E.I. motorist has been nailed in court with a $2,000 fine for passing a school bus that was stopped to load children.

Justin Bradley Murphy, 24, of Summerside was found guilty at trial in Charlottetown provincial court on Monday.

The court was told that on Sept.18, Murphy passed a school bus that was stopped on Lower Malpeque Road in West Royalty with red flashing lights and its stop sign clearly displayed on the bus, said a report issued Tuesday by the RCMP.

An unmarked Queens District RCMP police vehicle happened to be following Murphy at the time he passed the school bus, said the report.

"(The RCMP is) reminding Island motorists of the seriousness of passing a school bus and severe fines that can result, together (with the loss of eight) demerit points," said Staff Sgt. Mark Crowther, RCMP Queens District commander.

"The passing of a school bus is inexcusable," said Crowther. "This is about the safety of our children. Drivers need to understand the gravity of what is happening here. Drivers failing to stop in these situations put our children's lives in danger."

The RCMP encourages motorists to report to police any incidents they see of passing a school bus, said Crowther.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown, Lower Malpeque Road West Royalty Iceland RCMP Queens District

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Recent comments

  • Be careful what you read
    January 20, 2016 - 16:27

    Funny thing about this is, this young driver actually did stop, he just misjudged the situation and stopped too late causing him to be too close to the school bus for safety.

    • Dead Wrong
      January 20, 2016 - 21:04

      @ Be careful what you read. You are Dead wrong ! I was behind the police car. The driver did not stop. He paused for a second and then continued to pass. The school bus driver yelled from out the window. The RCMP member activated his lights and siren and stopped the driver ahead of the bus. Your comments are non-sense and totally inaccurate.

  • Art Gennis
    January 20, 2016 - 13:40

    Bravo. Now, if we can get the race track that we call a ByPass highway and the Hillsborough bridge patrolled a bit, that would be another good step. Either that, or raise the speed limits to 90kph, as noone does near the speed limit on these.

  • James
    January 20, 2016 - 11:57

    I thought the fine was 5k, I always see that sticker on the buses anyway. But they also say they stop at all railroad crossings as well :)

    • LMAO
      January 20, 2016 - 13:17

      Yha must be from away James , Yha haven,t seen a train run on a track here on PEI since 1990 my son.

  • Josephine
    January 20, 2016 - 10:13

    Follow the RCMP on Twitter @RCMPPEITraffic and you guys can see some of the efforts Island RCMP are making to deal with the things you mentioned....

  • No Repeat Offenders
    January 20, 2016 - 07:51

    I think busses should be equipped with a paint nozzle on the drivers side. The bus driver could have a button that would only work when the red lights are flashing. When a car fails to stop the bus driver pushes a button and red paint sprays from the nozzle along the side of the car. If that wouldn't be enough incentive for drivers to stop at least they would be easy to identify.

  • CougarSniffer
    January 20, 2016 - 05:27

    I am extremely glad that the RCMP gave this kid the maximum fine. Now if we could only get a little more serious and start handing out some REAL fines to those who text while driving. I drive down the Lower Malpeque then the North River road every morning to work and I usually see at least 10 people texting while driving, and it's not always the younger drivers. I often see the soccer moms and tradesmen texting as well. This is becoming an epidemic. No more warnings, maximum fines...everyone who has a licence should know better.

  • Polly
    January 20, 2016 - 04:47

    I agree with you Drive! There is too much of this careless negligence going on everyday. My daughter takes the bus to TOSH and says some days at least 1 to 2 cars are passing the bus with the red lights flashing! She was almost hit one day when a driver talking on his cell phone was not going to stop for her to cross the road and again the red lights were flashing. The bus driver had to lay on his horn to snap him out of it! The stats for cars passing stopped school buses with the red lights flashing will soon be up with the drunk and cell phone drivers! Guess none of these drivers have children!!!!!!!! Well done RCMP and there are lots more to nab!

  • Islander
    January 19, 2016 - 23:01

    Driver, two good points and I am amazed as to why these have been lost in the shuffle by Gvernment. Police Agencies have wantyed duel plates for years. Cameras on every bus should of been done years ago. So much money being wasted in Government, these two projects should take priority

  • Fed up
    January 19, 2016 - 22:40

    Police should be sitting at some corners...Maple Avenue and streets meeting Maple....The SPEED the bus driver is going! The bus is half out on Maple Ave before it stops supposedly BEFORE THE STOP SIGN!, the speed the driver is going is way beyond what it should be

  • Driver
    January 19, 2016 - 20:33

    School buses should have cameras mounted at front and rear, similar to dashboard cameras, to record traffic coming in both directions and to get license plates so that can catch people who put children's lives at risk. Another reason to require license plates on front and back of vehicles.

    • Also a Driver
      January 20, 2016 - 09:59

      They tried this a number of years ago. It didn't work because the camera quality wasn't good enough. I remember hearing something about it on CBC radio a few months ago. Back when that facebook video was circulating of people passing a bus. I think these cameras were mounted on the exterior of the bus. The bus would just need a dash camera right up beside the driver pointing a little to the left. Anyone passing would have their back plate visible eliminating the need for a front plate like you said.