Stop for school buses when lights flash­ing, po­lice re­mind drivers

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

A NUM­BER OF IN­CI­DENTS in the area have po­lice re­mind­ing drivers about stop­ping for school buses when their sig­nals are flash­ing.

Pass­ing a stopped school bus with its up­per red lights and ex­tended arm flash­ing is not only against the law but dan­ger­ous, po­lice note.

Each school day in On­tario, ap­prox­i­mately 800,000 stu­dents are trans­ported in 18,000 school ve­hi­cles trav­el­ing nearly 2 mil­lion kilo­me­tres.

There are ap­prox­i­mately 700 com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing school ve­hi­cles in On­tario.

On­tario has ap­prox­i­mately 54,000 school bus driver li­cence hold­ers.

School ve­hi­cle in­juries rep­re­sent less than one per cent of to­tal road in­juries to youth in On­tario.

School ve­hi­cle fa­tal­i­ties rep­re­sent less than one­half of one per cent of to­tal road fa­tal­i­ties af­fect­ing youth in On­tario.

When a school bus fa­tal­ity does oc­cur, it is most likely to hap­pen out­side the school bus when stu­dents are en­ter­ing or ex­it­ing the bus.

Po­lice re­mind mo­torists that drivers or ve­hi­cle own­ers will be charged if their ve­hi­cle il­le­gally passes a stopped school bus. Fines range from $400 to $2,000 plus six de­merit points.

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