West Kelowna RCMP pleased with results of school bus enforcement operation

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WEST KELOWNA - For the two days this week RCMP officers in West Kelowna joined the kids on the bus for their daily commute to school.

RCMP say on Monday, Feb. 20 and Tuesday, Feb 21, officers from the West Kelowna detachment rode the bus with students to watch for drivers failing to stop for the big yellow school buses.

“During the two day targeted enforcement operation, there were no violations observed, as none of the drivers on the roadway passed the school bus when it was stopped to load or unload children,” Sgt. Lesli Roseberry says in an RCMP media release.

However, during the two day operation, many children told officers stories about drivers frequently passing the bus while the stop sign was displayed.

Police say traffic — traveling in both directions on the road — is required to stop and wait for a school bus to unload or load children while the stop signs are extended and/or the red lights are flashing.

The fine for passing a school bus while its red lights are flashing or its stop sign is out is $167, according to Section 149 of the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act.

More school bus enforcement operations will continue over the next few months, RCMP say.

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