HUMBOLDT — When the arm on the bus with the stop sign is out and the lights are flashing, motorists must stop.
“We did have a report of somebody passing a school bus while the stop sign was out in the lights were in motion,” said Cst. Geoff Applegate with the Humboldt RCMP, adding that incident happened in Humboldt in the last two weeks.
Motorists must remain stopped in front of or behind the bus while it has the stop sign out and cannot move until the sign has retracted.
“If you're found guilty of that, it carries a $360 fine and it's an offence notice. As well, it would go on your Saskatchewan driving record,” Applegate said. “Even if you're not the person driving the vehicle, if you're the registered owner of that vehicle, you could be held liable as a registered owner if the person operating that vehicle commits that offence.”
That said, Applegate said it hasn't been a big problem in Humboldt.
“We are still getting reports here and there about it, so we just want to remind the public of the rules regarding school buses in school zones,” he said.
“We do see that 99.9 per cent of the public are very cautious around the buses.”
Humboldt RCMP dealt with 78 calls within city boundaries between Jan. 11 and Jan. 31.
Most of those were connected to traffic, with 33 traffic offences, 17 warnings and one collision. Police have a file open about an impaired driver, but no charges have been laid.
There were nine new Criminal Code files opened up, including two frauds under $5,000, one fraud over $5,000, a break and enter, a theft under $5,000, and one case of uttering threats.