Poll: Should Maine Adopt Canadian School Bus Law?
Our neighbors to the north seem to have a few things right, including the repercussions of passing a school bus. We've all seen the videos of the close calls of drivers passing school buses and nearly hitting children crossing the road.
After close calls and years of calling for more action, Prince Edward Island has put forth a measure to take drivers who pass school buses off of the roads.
"Driver's who ignore this law are not allowed on Island roads," Prince Edward Island Transportation Minister, Paula Biggar, said in the Canadian legislature on Thursday about the measure.
The measure will take effect on December 8th and will include not only a three month suspension of the driver's license but also loss of 12 demerit points and a $5,000 fine.
The CBC reports that getting your license back isn't an easy task:
"For a suspended licence on P.E.I. to be reinstated, drivers will need to meet with highway safety officials, pay a $100 reinstatement fee and take a defensive driving course within six months of getting their licence back.
Drivers will then be on probation, Biggar said, and if they receive any demerit points within a year of reinstatement, their license will be suspended."
Do you think Maine should adopt a similar measure?