The OPP would like to remind drivers to be on the lookout for school buses as students gear up to go back to school.
Make sure to allow extra time on your morning and afternoon commute. Drivers should share the road and know the following rules regarding school buses:
When driving on a road without a median
- Drivers traveling in both directions must stop for a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing
- When you approach the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance to let children get on or off the bus and cross the road
- Don’t move forward until the red lights have stopped flashing or the bus begins to move
Under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), drivers can be charged for failing stop for a bus with its upper red flashing lights. The fines include:
- First offence: $400 to $2,000 fine and six demerit points
- Each following offence: $1,000 to $4,000 fine, six demerit points and possible incarceration
Drivers are also encouraged to:
- Be aware of school zones and reduce your speed.
- Travel through intersections slowly.
- Be patient as children cross the road.
- Obey crossing guard instructions.
- Make eye contact with the children wanting to cross at the intersection.
- Obey all bus signals and never try to pass when they are stopped.
- Give yourself extra travel time.
If you witness a vehicle failing to stop for a school bus call police immediately. As motorists you have the responsibility to adhere to the rules of the road. Stop for flashing lights on school buses.
For further information on school bus safety, please visit mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/school-bus-safety.shtml.