Crime Stoppers needs your help in solving the following crime:
The safety of the students of Port Alberni should be everybody’s concern. All too often however drivers are blatantly breaking the law and putting our kids at risk.
Many students travel to and from their respective schools by school bus. These specially equipped buses make it very simple for all to see when students are, or will be, embarking or disembarking the bus. With their bright yellow colouring, flashing red lights and extending stop signs, it’s clear to see when these buses are planning their next stop to pick up or drop off passengers. Sadly though, far too many drivers continue to pass school buses while their lights are flashing and their stop signs are out and visible for all to see. This action puts the students at a great risk of being injured or even killed.
From January 17th, 2020 through February 3rd, 2020 the Port Alberni RCMP have received at least 17 complaints of vehicles doing just that; passing school buses while they are stopped with their red lights flashing and the stop signs out. Most of School District 70 school buses are equipped with cameras that capture photographs of offending vehicles. These time and date stamped pictures are then sent to the RCMP. Drivers of these offending vehicles are then issued a $368 ticket for Failing to Stop for a School Bus contrary to the Motor Vehicle Act. The ticket also carries 3 penalty points issued by ICBC.
Pay attention and stop for school buses. And obey the 30 kph in school and playground zones. Let the students arrive at their destination safely.
Anyone with information on this, or any other crime, is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424 or Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers at:
• by phone: 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
• online: www.solvecrime.ca
• by SMS: Text: BCTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637)