NS Education Minister Concerned With Number Of School Bus Red Light Violations

Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 06:06 AM

Nova Scotia's Minister of Education says it may be time to review regulations around school bus red light violations.

Zach Churchill says there were over 1500 violations reported last year across the province.

This year in the Tri-Counties, 25 violations have been reported, down only 7 from last year.

The school board is hearing of cases of drivers speeding past school buses while the amber lights are activated.

Churchill says obviously some motorists don't understand the danger they pose.

"That has been an issue that has been raised by bus drivers in our province. It's concerning so we need to do a better job of informing the public of the dangers posed to our kids."

Drivers can also be charged for passing a bus that has its amber warning lights flashing.

Churchill says stiffer penalties and higher fines could be considered.

"Any decision when it comes to law-making or regulatory changes, it does need to be based on the best evidence possible. So we want to make sure that we're making good decisions on policies that will affect behaviour. I'm very open to hearing recommendations from our boards and community members on that."

A first offence under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving past a stopped school bus carries a $410 fine and six demerit points on the driver's licence.

For subsequent offences, the fine increases to $1,272.50.