Charlottetown Police Services has taken enforcement action to prevent and deter drivers who chose to pass school buses and are working in conjunction with a provincial initiative to curb this behaviour.
Drivers who fail to stop for school buses when flashing red lights are displayed can be charged under section 202(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.
So far in 2019, Charlottetown police have charged four drivers in January and two drivers in February.
Enforcement action will continue throughout the school year.
Most residents respect and abide by the school bus passing laws, but for the few that do not, police have zero tolerance for this dangerous and reckless behaviour and will lay charges when sufficient evidence exists.
- Fines range from $1,000 to $5,000
- The fines carry 12 demerit points and a three-month driver licence cancellation
- The driver will be required to pay a $100 reinstatement fee and take a defensive driving course within six months of getting the license back
- The driver will then be on a one-year administrative driving probation period