Once again it is time for students to head back to school and for motorists to be on the lookout for school buses and students. The Superior East Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind everyone that school buses will be on area roadways and highways beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
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 signals have stopped flashing (Section 175(11), (12) of the Highway Traffic Act). The minimum fine for failing to stop for a school bus is $400.
Many children walk to school and motorists should also be aware of the increased pedestrian traffic as children make their way to school. Many may be distracted for the first day of class. Slowdown in school zones and be extra cautious. Motorists should watch for Community Safety Zones, where speeding fines are increased. Community Safety Zones are clearly marked with road signs and are found near schools.
Adjust your driving, pay attention and be prepared to stop for children and school buses. Make it safe for everyone.