Chapleau Man Charged After His Vehicle Illegally Drives By School Bus

A Chapleau man's been charged after his vehicle failed to stop for a school bus late last week.

Superior East Ontario Provincial Police say officers received a complaint around 3:35 Thursday afternoon that a pickup truck had driven by a school bus that had its overhead red signal lights flashing and its "STOP" arm extended on Highway 129.

Officers located the vehicle and owner shortly after, charging the 30-year-old Chapleau man with fail to stop for school bus - owner.

OPP remind that vehicle owners can be charged for failing to stop for a school bus even if you weren't driving the vehicle at the time, with fines ranging from $490 to $2000 plus six demerit points for a first offence, or $1000 to $4000, six demerit points, and up to six months jail time for a subsequent offence.

It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal lights flashing - whether or not its "STOP" arm is extended - and your vehicle must remain stopped until the bus moves or the signal lights stop flashing.