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October 18, 2011  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Ottawa cops crack down on school bus passing


OTTAWA — September was a costly month for 91 motorists here who were charged in a police crackdown on tailgating and failing to stop for the flashing red lights of school buses.

Under the Ottawa Police Service's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) last month, tailgating was the prevalent charge, with 78 tickets issued. The school bus initiative resulted in the laying of 13 charges.

The penalties for a driver passing a stopped school bus include fines ranging from $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first offense. A second offense yields the driver a fine between $1,000 and $4,000, six demerit points and a possible jail sentence of up to six months.

Each month since 2004, STEP has been profiling and enforcing two initiatives that target specific traffic safety priorities. These initiatives support larger Integrated Road Safety Program (IRSP) public awareness and enforcement campaigns.

In 2003, Ottawa's Public Works Department, Ottawa Public Health and the Ottawa Police Service developed the IRSP to provide a comprehensive approach in promoting road safety.


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Just this evening on the Kokomo, IN. news a small child was kit by a pick-up truck crossing the roadway to get on his school bus. All the while his mother watched helplessly!!! Prosecutors and law enforcement together needs to treat all school buses stop arm violations as a life-threatening crime. Children die for no reason at all. WHEN YOU SEE A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS STOP YOUR VEHICLE PLEASE!!!

Dan Luttrell    |    Oct 18, 2011 05:48 PM

It is about time that action is taken withh "tailgaters"! Last Tues.(10-11-11)I was rearended and my car was TOTALED.The responsible Insurance Co.stated they had seven rearend collisions just over the weekend! It might be well to ask the bus drivers to turn the redlights on as quickly as possible when reaching a complete stop.I have seen a number of times where the yellow lights were flashing,cars going by after the bus was stopped,then suddenly the red lights begin to flash,quite a pause from yellow to red. Another problem is where people do not completely stop at red lights and stop signs,when they see no traffic approaching.They just ignore the signs and go right thru! Best regards, Sammy Samuelson

SammySamuelson    |    Oct 18, 2011 05:35 PM

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