Hamilton police will be out in full force for school bus blitz

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton police are once again warning motorists they face hefty fines and demerit points for failing to stop for school buses picking up and dropping off children.

“We’re going to be out there in full force,” Sergeant Terri-Lynn Collings said of an annual enforcement blitz that began Sept. 8 and continues through next week.

“When you see the lights and the (stop) arm extended, that’s when you’re obliged by law to make that stop,” she said.

“Regardless of whether or not you’re the driver at the time, if the bus driver gets the vehicle information, the registered owner can be charged and they have to pay the fine.”

By law, motorists in both directions must stop at least 20 metres from any bus when its overhead signal lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, and may not proceed until the bus resumes moving or the signal lights have stopped.

Failure to do so can bring fines ranging from $400 to $4,000 and six driver-licence demerit points.

Sgt. Collings said Operation Bus Watch, a 15-year partnership with school boards and bus services has helped identify areas in the city that frequently have problems with motorists failing to stop.

These include Wilson Street by Fiddler’s Green Road in Ancaster, Fennell Avenue between Upper Wentworth and Wellington streets, and Barton Street west of Grays Road in east Hamilton.

“If you’re driving and you know the buses are going to be out there, just be watchful,” Sgt. Collings said. “It’s such a short time, in the morning and afternoon.”

Hamilton police will be out in full force for school bus blitz

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton police are once again warning motorists they face hefty fines and demerit points for failing to stop for school buses picking up and dropping off children.

“We’re going to be out there in full force,” Sergeant Terri-Lynn Collings said of an annual enforcement blitz that began Sept. 8 and continues through next week.

“When you see the lights and the (stop) arm extended, that’s when you’re obliged by law to make that stop,” she said.

“Regardless of whether or not you’re the driver at the time, if the bus driver gets the vehicle information, the registered owner can be charged and they have to pay the fine.”

By law, motorists in both directions must stop at least 20 metres from any bus when its overhead signal lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, and may not proceed until the bus resumes moving or the signal lights have stopped.

Failure to do so can bring fines ranging from $400 to $4,000 and six driver-licence demerit points.

Sgt. Collings said Operation Bus Watch, a 15-year partnership with school boards and bus services has helped identify areas in the city that frequently have problems with motorists failing to stop.

These include Wilson Street by Fiddler’s Green Road in Ancaster, Fennell Avenue between Upper Wentworth and Wellington streets, and Barton Street west of Grays Road in east Hamilton.

“If you’re driving and you know the buses are going to be out there, just be watchful,” Sgt. Collings said. “It’s such a short time, in the morning and afternoon.”

Hamilton police will be out in full force for school bus blitz

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton police are once again warning motorists they face hefty fines and demerit points for failing to stop for school buses picking up and dropping off children.

“We’re going to be out there in full force,” Sergeant Terri-Lynn Collings said of an annual enforcement blitz that began Sept. 8 and continues through next week.

“When you see the lights and the (stop) arm extended, that’s when you’re obliged by law to make that stop,” she said.

“Regardless of whether or not you’re the driver at the time, if the bus driver gets the vehicle information, the registered owner can be charged and they have to pay the fine.”

By law, motorists in both directions must stop at least 20 metres from any bus when its overhead signal lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, and may not proceed until the bus resumes moving or the signal lights have stopped.

Failure to do so can bring fines ranging from $400 to $4,000 and six driver-licence demerit points.

Sgt. Collings said Operation Bus Watch, a 15-year partnership with school boards and bus services has helped identify areas in the city that frequently have problems with motorists failing to stop.

These include Wilson Street by Fiddler’s Green Road in Ancaster, Fennell Avenue between Upper Wentworth and Wellington streets, and Barton Street west of Grays Road in east Hamilton.

“If you’re driving and you know the buses are going to be out there, just be watchful,” Sgt. Collings said. “It’s such a short time, in the morning and afternoon.”