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March 15, 2011  |   Comments (10)   |   Post a comment

Bus driver fined for 'ignoring another bus' flashing lights'


POWASSAN, Ontario — Wendy Sue Restoule has six months to pay $250 for a fine and costs for an incident last year wherein she "ignored the flashing lights of another school bus," the North Bay Nugget reports.

On Jan. 5, 2010, a bus was stopped on a highway with its red lights flashing. Restoule, who was driving a school bus, approached the bus from behind and passed it.

Police at the time said that Ontario law requires drivers to stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing.

Restoule was initially charged with failing to stop for a school bus — a violation punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points. However, ahead of her trial, a plea was entered on her behalf to the lesser charge of disobeying a traffic control signal in her lane, according to the North Bay Nugget.


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she should be fired duh

Rodney    |    Mar 17, 2011 07:24 PM

What is wrong with that person! Everyone makes mistakes, but to pass a stopped school bus with red lights flashing and stop arm extended must be blind or deliberately disobeys the law. Why was her punishment reduced? She should have been fired or at least put on probation for a lengthy time. I remember a school bus driver told me years ago when a motorist started to pass her from the opposite direction, but stopped at the bus driver's window when the school bus driver "laid on the horn" and apologized for almost not stopping. I'll never forget her reply to the motorist; "Mam, your an apology would not put life back into a child if you had run over them." So True!

Bill    |    Mar 17, 2011 07:15 AM

Over twenty years, no crashes, no bus stop injuries, no deaths, and every sort of driver have ran my lights, including police and other school bus drivers. Distraction happens. That the reality what hedges are in place to cover mistakes other motorists make? Are the riders trained specific when crossing, escorted, or let to run at will? Are approaches timed to let the close-in drivers continue, or fast in to a stop with the lights activating when a motorist is too close? I see drivers that look distracted or in a daze and adjust the approach to compensate. I see school bus drivers in automatic mode. Share the road includes all of us, not just them. Regardless, to pass a stopped school bus from behind with the safety lights activated would seem not a driver distraction issue but deliberate involving an impatient school bus driver in a hurry and appropriate to let go before her driving resulted in injuries or a death.

jkraemer    |    Mar 16, 2011 09:49 PM

Should have been given the max fine and punishment plus CDL license taken away along with being fired

Kathy    |    Mar 16, 2011 12:31 PM

I totally agree that driver should have been fired and had CDL pulled. Every day we bus drivers have to deal with people who run our stop arms and put our precious cargo at risk, but when it's one of our own, no excuse!!!!

MS    |    Mar 16, 2011 10:32 AM

What a slap in the face to all bus drivers. Such an embarrassment. She should have been fired on the spot!

C. Robinson    |    Mar 16, 2011 10:08 AM

Really? Talk about an epic failure! This woman has NO business driving a school bus again. That was just criminally negligent in the line of duty.

ALW    |    Mar 16, 2011 09:22 AM

If she had been working for me, she would be looking for a different job. How can a school bus driver NOT stop for another bus?

David    |    Mar 16, 2011 08:16 AM

She should have been given the maximum fine. As a school bus driver she had to have known the law and how dangerous it can be to pass a school bus at a bus stop. I wouldn't want her driving my family anywhere.

EBL    |    Mar 16, 2011 07:30 AM

What? You mean she gets a lesser fine and presumably retains her job? Guess things are different in Canada, eh?

Tim Bentz    |    Mar 16, 2011 07:10 AM

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