School buses back on the roads

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - FRONT PAGE -

The On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice (OPP) has in­ves­ti­gated 5,619 col­li­sions that in­volved an inat­ten­tive driver so far this year. Trag­i­cally, 31 peo­ple lost their lives in the col­li­sions and 1,051 of the in­ci­dents left peo­ple with in­juries.

Inat­ten­tive driv­ers con­tinue to pose a se­ri­ous threat to road users and are linked to the deaths of 738 peo­ple on Opp­pa­trolled roads over the past 10 years.

The OPP is fore­warn­ing driv­ers that with chil­dren and other stu­dents mak­ing their way to and from school beginning this week, there will be zero tol­er­ance for driv­ers who direct any­thing less than 100% of their at­ten­tion to driv­ing.

“Some driv­ers claim to be good multi-taskers be­hind the wheel and this is how they jus­tify ha­bit­ual tex­ting, talk­ing on their phone or other dis­trac­tions while driv­ing. This at­ti­tude has con­trib­uted to driver inat­ten­tion be­ing the dead­li­est be­hav­iour on Opp-pa­trolled roads for the past five years. To help get the school year off to a safe start, de­velop a zero tol­er­ance for any­one who claims to be a ‘safe’ dis­tracted driver. There is no such thing and any­one who claims oth­er­wise is a dan­ger­ous driver,” said OPP Com­mis­sioner JVN Hawkes.

“As chil­dren go back to school and streets get busier, driv­ers are re­minded to use ex­tra cau­tion and watch their speed when driv­ing through school zones and cross­walks. Safety is our num­ber one pri­or­ity. Be mind­ful of all road users in­clud­ing other ve­hi­cles, buses, bikes, pedes­tri­ans and lit­tle ones get­ting on and off school buses it’s a good habit to prac­tice year round,” added Michael Ti­bollo, Min­is­ter of Com­mu­nity Safety and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices.


Sim­ply hold­ing a cell­phone or other elec­tronic de­vice while driv­ing is against the law.

On Jan. 1, 2019, penal­ties for dis­tracted driv­ing will in­crease to: a fine of up to $1,000, three de­merit points and a three-day driver’s li­cence sus­pen­sion.

Also ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019, novice driv­ers will face the same fines as reg­u­lar driv­ers and also face: a 30-day li­cence sus­pen­sion for a first con­vic­tion; a 90-day li­cence sus­pen­sion for a sec­ond con­vic­tion; and can­cel­la­tion of your li­cence and re­moval from the Grad­u­ated Li­cens­ing Sys­tem for a third con­vic­tion.


Stu­dents are back in classes and school buses are once again on the roads. Al­ways use cau­tion.

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