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

Published on January 19, 2016

PEI school bus

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.