NATION VALLEY — Some school classrooms resume activity as early as this week, so motorists should be on the lookout for students and school buses.
Classes resume tomorrow (Aug. 30) at schools operated by eastern Ontario’s French and French Catholic boards. Students attending their English counterparts — the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario — return to school Sept. 6.
“Drivers are reminded to be attentive as students of our communities return to school,” says Inspector Mike Mulhearn, SD&G OPP Detachment Commander. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility so be aware of pedestrians and school buses,” he adds.
The SD&G OPP point out that “every driver encountering a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing must stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. (Section 175(11) – Highway Traffic Act).”
The minimum fine for failing to stop is $400.
Slow down in school zones and be extra cautious, police also advise. Motorists should similarly 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.
The SD&G OPP also promise an increased police presence as buses begin to roll.