Earlier this week The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service commenced a selective enforcement initiative for the month of September to coincide with the beginning of the school year. School Bus and Student Safety are serious concerns and as such, without warning this week officers in marked and unmarked vehicles have targeted these types of traffic violations.
We would like to say keep up the good work to those who have welcomed the influx of busses onto the roads as well as eager young pedestrians walking near the roadways. Officers have noted high levels of compliance and care this week regarding back to school safety.
Below are some things to consider for the remainder of the school year.
Yellow school buses and the crossing guards are easily visible and present daily on our roads, remaining vigilant, patient and responsible so that every child can get to and from school safely.
Motorists are reminded that that every driver, approaching from both directions towards a school bus with overhead red signal-lights flashing, must stop and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing (except on highways separated by a median strip, whereby oncoming traffic is not required to stop). Also, school buses are required by law to stop at all railway crossings; motorists should likewise be prepared to stop behind school buses.
Failing to stop for the school bus could result in a fine of $495 and 6 demerit points.
Failing to obey a school guard who has the stop sign displayed could result in a fine of $110 and 3 demerit points.
There are a few steps motorists can take to ensure that children reach their destination safely.
-Abide by the school bus traffic safety traffic laws
-Watch for children running to catch their bus
-Respect the crossing guards and reduced speed limits in school zones
-When turning at intersections, watch for students and crossing guards using the crosswalks
-Teach your own children about safe conduct on roadways and on school buses
For the rest of the month of September officers from Patrol Services and Traffic Services will be working together on an initiative to ensure motorists are obeying the rules of the road related to schools buses and crossing guards.
Children may not always be paying attention. Be extra cautious during the hours before and after school. Let’s work together to ensure our children all make it to, and return home from school safely.