There’s a growing concern in the Columbia Valley as Mounties continue to see more drivers illegally pass school buses.
Sgt. Bob Vatamanuick says there’s been an increase in reports of motorists not stopping for buses picking up or dropping off students.
10 different calls have been made to the detachment since the children returned from Christmas break.
The number is higher than usual according to Vatamanuick who says its very unnerving to police, school district staff and parents.
He adds what’s especially troubling about these incidents is they took place when road conditions were poor.
Columbia Valley RCMP has continuously voiced concern about the regularity of these incidents in recent years.
Vatamanuick says its fortunate there hasn’t been a tragedy yet but it’s only a matter of time before something happens at this rate.
The region’s top cop asserts the safety of children needs to be paramount for police, school staff and drivers.
Motorists caught passing a school bus when the emergency lights are engaged could receive a $368 ticket.
– Columbia Valley RCMP Sgt. Bob Vatamanuick