Students are heading back to class and motorists should be on the lookout for students and school buses. Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry (SD&G) Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind motorists that some school buses will be on the road next week, while the remainder will be back in service on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
“Drivers are reminded to be attentive as students of our communities return to school”, comments Inspector Mike Mulhearn, SD&G OPP Detachment Commander. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility so be aware of pedestrians and school buses” he adds.
Every driver, encountering a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. (Section 175(11) – Highway Traffic Act). The minimum fine for failing to stop is $400.
Slowdown in school zones and be extra cautious. Motorists should watch for Community Safety Zones, where speed limits are reduced and fines increased. Community safety zones are clearly marked with road signs and are found near schools.
Drivers can expect to see an increased police presence. Adjust your driving, pay attention and be prepared to stop for children and school buses. Please do your part in making “Back to School” it safe for everyone!