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Student video about school bus safety released

A public service announcement created to educate the motorists about the dangerous of passing school buses was released this week as part of school bus safety week.

The 30-second video PSA was shot in November in North Glenmore by Rutland Secondary Student’s film production class in cooperation with the RCMP, school district and regional district.

The message the videos aim to convey is that it only takes 30 seconds for a school bus to load and unload and a child’s life is worth that short wait.

The release of the video comes as RCMP expect to see a higher number of drivers ticketed for passing stopped school busses this year, in comparison to last year.

From September to January, Kelowna RCMP have dealt with 60 complaints of school bus passing where a bus driver has been able to obtain a licence plate number of the vehicle making the illegal pass.

It looks like at this rate we’re clearly going to be way ahead of where we were last year, although that’s not what we’re hoping for,” said Const. Steve Holmes. “We’re also hoping the message of having this out there is going to make a difference with motorists.”

For the entire school year in 2009-2010, just over 70 tickets were handed out.

He says the community has been fortunate so far that no one has been seriously injured as a result of a motorist passing—either when approaching or behind—a bus that has stopped and has its flashing lights on.

“Unfortunately, we’re looking at it not as an if but more a when if these driving behaviours continue,” said Holmes.

The video is posted at kelownacapnews.com and police say it will also be available at bc.rcmp.ca and YouTube. Radio versions of the PSA are also expected to be produced.

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