Time to be ex­tra care­ful

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff Play it safe on the roads, stresses the Stor­mont-Dun­dasGlen­garry On­tario Pro­vin­cial Police de­tach­ment as it re­minds driv­ers to be ex­tra cau­tious as stu­dents re­turn to school.

Classes at French- lan­guage schools re­sumed Au­gust 30 while English-lan­guage schools will start Septem­ber 6.

Police ask driv­ers to re­mem­ber to slow down when driv­ing in school zones and al­ways stop for a school bus when its lights are flash­ing or they will face stiff fines.

“Driv­ers are re­minded to be at­ten­tive as stu­dents of our com­mu­ni­ties re­turn to school,” said de­tach­ment Com­man­der Inspector Mike Mul­hearn. “Safety is every­one’s re­sponsi- bil­ity so be aware of pedes­tri­ans and school buses.” When driv­ers see a stopped school bus with its over­head red sig­nal-lights flash­ing, they must stop be­fore reach­ing the bus and not pro- ceed un­til the bus moves or the over­head red sig­nal-lights have stopped flash­ing, ac­cord­ing to the High­way Traf­fic Act. The min­i­mum fine for fail­ing to stop for a stopped school bus is $400.

Motorists also need to stop when a school-cross­ing guard raises a hand-held stop sign sig­nalling chil­dren are cross­ing. Driv­ers must wait un­til the en­tire road­way is clear be­fore pro­ceed­ing, in ac­cor­dance with this year’s new On­tario Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion (MTO) reg­u­la­tions.

The SDG OPP re­lated driv­ers 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 should be cau­tious since there will be more chil­dren on the streets as ac­tiv­ity in­creases when classes re­sume.

As the days be­come shorter head­ing into the Fall, par­ents should also en­sure their chil­dren wear light- coloured or re­flec­tive cloth­ing at dusk so driv­ers can eas­ily see them when they are cross­ing the road.

The OPP re­lated there will be more police present on the roads for the start of school year, en­sur­ing driv­ers fol­low the rules of the road and young­sters stay safe go­ing to and from school.

“Ad­just your driv­ing, pay at­ten­tion and be pre­pared to stop for chil­dren and school buses. Please do your part in mak­ing ‘Back to School’ safe for every­one,” added Const. Joel Do­iron, lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vices and me­dia re­la­tions of­fi­cer.

AN­GELA BROWN PHOTO

BONNE RENTRÉE: At Ecole élé­men­taire publique Terre des Je­unes in Alexan­dria Tues­day, Prin­ci­pal Hélène Hudon wel­comes grade 6 pupil Madi­son MacRae.

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