Letter to the editor 3, March 18, 2021
Things are getting back to normal after COVID and one of those things is the idiot drivers who pass school buses with flashing lights. This week my grandson had a near miss while crossing Côte Saint-Charles to enter the school bus, when a black SUV with the driver drinking his coffee, passed the school bus with flashing lights. The deterrent to not offend should be increased from $200 to $300 and the loss of nine demerit points, as numerous school bus drivers see these types of motorists every day. Some American states have $1,000 fines and suspended permit for one year but without deterrents some drivers will continue to pass school buses with flashing lights when they are stopped to pick up or drop off children.
The government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to protect us from COVID – they need to spend a bit more to ensure children getting on and off school buses are made safer. Here is a suggestion – Install ‘dash cams’ on every one of the 15,000 school buses in Quebec, and if a school bus driver reports a car passed his bus while stopped with lights flashing, it can be sent to the Sûreté du Québec. This would also act as a deterrent as every driver would know that if they pass a stopped school bus with the lights flashing, it would be recorded on a ‘dash cam’ and that appropriate penalties will be coming. Fifteen thousand school buses x $100 per dash cam and installation= $1.5 million. A small price to pay for more security and protection for the school children of Quebec.