Stop for school buses when lights flashing, police remind drivers
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.