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Smiths Falls Police: School Bus and School Zone Safety

School Bus

It is that time of year again. The days are shorter the weather a little cooler and most importantly of all the children are heading back to school after the summer holidays. The School Buses are back on the road and we have to remember the laws pertaining to school buses and the safety of our children.

Always stop for the bus. Whether on a city street, highway or county road, and regardless of the speed limit and the number of lanes, motorists travelling in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing. A flashing stop arm will swing out while passengers are boarding or leaving the bus. Once all passengers have boarded, the STOP arm will fold away. Do not start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing and the bus begins to move.

(Penalties for not stopping: First offence $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points and the fines increase for each subsequent offence.)

School Safety Zone

Drivers should remember that for the safety of the students, there are reduced speed limits in the area of schools during school hours. Drivers also need to remember that crossing guards will be out during the beginning and end of the school day. Drives must be aware and obey crossing guard signals and all posted traffic signs.

This is only a partial listing of the several different offences under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) of Ontario. For further details please visit the Smiths Falls Police Service Website www.sfps.ca for more information or on the internet at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca

The Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of September is School Bus and School Zone Safety. Smiths Falls Police Officers will be looking for and enforcing these and all Highway Traffic Act violations including stop signs, yield signs, traffic lights, hand  held communication device and speeding especially in a School Zone to keep our children and roadways safe. If you would like to report violations please contact the Smiths Falls Police Service at 613-283-0357 or for an emergency call 911 or your local Police Service.

Submitted by Constable David Murphy the Community Service Officer of the Smiths Falls Police Service.

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Smiths Falls Police: School Bus and School Zone Safety

School Bus

It is that time of year again. The days are shorter the weather a little cooler and most importantly of all the children are heading back to school after the summer holidays. The School Buses are back on the road and we have to remember the laws pertaining to school buses and the safety of our children.

Always stop for the bus. Whether on a city street, highway or county road, and regardless of the speed limit and the number of lanes, motorists travelling in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing. A flashing stop arm will swing out while passengers are boarding or leaving the bus. Once all passengers have boarded, the STOP arm will fold away. Do not start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing and the bus begins to move.

(Penalties for not stopping: First offence $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points and the fines increase for each subsequent offence.)

School Safety Zone

Drivers should remember that for the safety of the students, there are reduced speed limits in the area of schools during school hours. Drivers also need to remember that crossing guards will be out during the beginning and end of the school day. Drives must be aware and obey crossing guard signals and all posted traffic signs.

This is only a partial listing of the several different offences under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) of Ontario. For further details please visit the Smiths Falls Police Service Website www.sfps.ca for more information or on the internet at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca

The Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) for the month of September is School Bus and School Zone Safety. Smiths Falls Police Officers will be looking for and enforcing these and all Highway Traffic Act violations including stop signs, yield signs, traffic lights, hand  held communication device and speeding especially in a School Zone to keep our children and roadways safe. If you would like to report violations please contact the Smiths Falls Police Service at 613-283-0357 or for an emergency call 911 or your local Police Service.

Submitted by Constable David Murphy the Community Service Officer of the Smiths Falls Police Service.

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