Hamilton

Cars fail to stop for school bus, caught on dash cam: police

Hamilton police have charged two people with failing to stop for a school bus after a driver provided dash cam footage of the incident.

Drivers must stop when a school bus activates its lights and extends its stop sign

A man caught footage of two vehicles driving around a stopped school bus, which had its lights flashing and stop sign extended. (CBC)

Two Hamilton drivers have been caught on dash cam driving around a stopped school bus.  

On Friday, Sept. 6, just after 3 p.m., a Hamilton resident was driving along Rymal Road E. and Westlawn Drive when he stopped for a school bus. The bus, police say, had activated its lights and extended its stop sign. 

The driver saw two vehicles manoeuvre around his car and drive past the school bus. 

But since the driver who stopped had a dash cam, police say, their actions were caught on tape.  

He reported the incident to Hamilton police, who were able to identify the vehicles and their owners. 

On Saturday, two Hamilton women, a 59-year-old and a 60-year-old, were issued provincial offence tickets under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act for failing to stop for a school bus. 

The drivers have 15 days to respond to the court. 

If found guilty, the penalties could include up to a $2000 fine and six demerit points. 

Police are asking that anyone with information to call them or Crime Stoppers. 

They are also reminding drivers that they must stop when approaching a school bus that has its lights activated and stop sign extended.