Back to school time means increased traffic on roadways, whether pedestrian, on bicycles, or vehicular.
School begins Tuesday, and with it comes busy morning and after-school commutes. The addition of school buses to the typical amount of traffic can lead to dangerous situations for children as they travel to and from schools.
North Bay Police Service will be monitoring traffic and enforcing the rules of the road along school bus routes, in reduced-speed community safety zones where the limit is 40 kilometres per hour, and at school crossings used by children and aided by crossing guards.
Safety is paramount when it comes to the children, says Staff Sergeant Rick Dubeau of the Traffic Section of the NBPS. The police presence provides a helpful reminder for motorists to stop for school buses when its upper red lights are flashing, regardless of whether they are behind the bus or approaching from the front.
A first offence for disobeying this law carries a $400 to $2,000 fine plus six demerit points. A subsequent offence will result in fines ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 plus six demerit points and a possible jail sentence of up to six months.
Drivers must also wait for pedestrians to finish crossing the road at zones with crossing guards before proceeding and obey the 40 km/h speed limit in community safety zones.
The public is reminded that fines are doubled in community safety zones.