A 55-year old man is facing charges for failing to stop for a school bus in Mattawa.
On December 4, North Bay OPP got a call of a cube van that ran through the flashing lights of a stopped school bus on John Street in Mattawa.
Police say the bus had been fully stopped, with the stop arm extended. The driver of the bus was able to get a good description of the vehicle as it drove by.
Officers eventually stopped the vehicle on Highway 17 in East Ferris, where the driver was given a ticket for failure to stop for a school bus. The ticket, if convicted, includes a $490 fine and six demerit points.
North Bay OPP wants to remind the public to take caution when near a school bus and prepare to stop when its lights begin flashing.
“It’s important that motorists watch out for school buses and obey posted speed limits so that all children can get safely to and from school,” the detachment states.
Police also note that drivers cannot pass until the lights finish flashing, even if the stop arm is not extended.