The OPP is reminding drivers that a new school year is about to start. This is a busy time of year for everyone and the OPP wants everyone to keep safety in mind.
The OPP wishes to remind the public to be vigilant when they see school buses travelling throughout the district. School bus drivers have the important job of ensuring the children make it to and from school safely.
Every driver, when meeting a stopped school bus with its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus. Every driver shall stop at least 20 metres before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing.
Drivers and vehicle owners will be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus. Fines range from $400 to $2000 plus six demerit points for a first offence and from $1000 to $4000, six demerit points and possible jail time up to six months for each subsequent offence.
Drivers are encouraged to:
- Take extra care when driving by parked cars.
- Be aware of school zones and reduce your speed.
- Travel through intersections slowly.
- Be patient as children cross the road.
- Obey crossing guard instructions.
- Make eye contact with the children wanting to cross at the intersection.
- Obey all bus signals and never try to pass when they are stopped.
- Give yourself extra travel time.
When crossing the road, students are encouraged to:
- Look both ways before crossing.
- Be aware of traffic by seeing and listening.
- Walk, don’t run.
- When possible, cross at a location where there is a crossing guard, or with a parent or a buddy.
- When biking, always follow the rules of the road and wear proper safety equipment.
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