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Tuesday August 26th, 2014

Posted at 1:39pm

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Ontario Provincial Police are very concerned after around 755 drivers failed to stop for school buses when lights were flashing, in a one week period.

In a study conducted by the Independent School Bus Operators Association back in May, around 151 incidents of failing to stop for school buses took place across the province each day.

Around 75% of the incidents happened when drivers were approaching the bus from the front, in the opposite direction of travel.

“Drivers need to be vigilant and pay attention to the flashing red lights and other safety equipment used on buses,” says West Region OPP Traffic Inspector Ian Chappell.

“Our children’s safety depends on it.”

Under the Highway Traffic Act, when a school bus is stopped on the roadway with its red lights activated and Stop sign out, drivers must come to a complete stop in-front of and behind the bus.

Drivers must not pass the stopped bus until the stop arm is retracted and the red lights are turned off.

The owner of a vehicle can be charged if their vehicle fails to stop for a school bus even if they were not the driver.

Worst still, a child could be killed while crossing the street.

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