A semi-truck driver has been fined $368 after passing a school bus picking up children near Fairmont Hot Springs.
Police report last month kids were getting onto a rural school bus that had its Stop Arm activated on Highway 93/95 when a loaded logging truck drove past.
Sergeant Bob Vatamaniuck says the bus was equipped with a camera, which snapped a picture of the vehicle’s license plate.
“These cameras allow us to take that enforcement action that we never were able to take before,” Vatamaniuck says. “The children’s safety is paramount and whether you are five or ten minutes late, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the kids get on and off that bus safely and off to school and continue on with their day.”
Vatamaniuck says the safety of children needs to be the focus of every driver.
“Imagine six or eight kids getting onto a bus and whether that semi comes and hits the bus or even hitting the kids themselves,” Vatamaniuck says. “It could be absolutely tragic and horrific for the people of Columbia Valley. Its just important to take your time and if you see a school bus, slow down. If those lights are activated, you have to stop.”
The registered owner of the semi will be sent the fine.
A similar incident happened last month in Invermere when a truck passed two school busses with their lights flashing.
Columbia Valley RCMP reported earlier this year they receive at least two reports a month of vehicles failing to stop for school buses mid-pickup.
– Columbia Valley RCMP Sergeant, Bob Vatamaniuck