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Monday September 7th, 2015

Posted at 12:00pm

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On Tuesday morning, children across Windsor and Essex County will be heading back to school. Some will be walking and riding bikes, while many others will be jumping on school buses to get to and from home.

OPP are sending out a reminder to all drivers to be extra careful and observant for children on or near roadways. The OPP also reminds all drivers of the importance of knowing the law as it applies to school buses stopped on the roadway with alternating red lights flashing.

Every driver or street car operator, when meeting on a highway, other than a highway with a median strip, a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus and not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead lights have stopped flashing.

When approaching a school bus from the rear that has its overhead signal-lights flashing shall stop at least 20 meters before reaching the bus and not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead lights have stopped flashing.

If you fail to follow the law, the penalties are substantial:

  • First offence upon conviction is a fine between  $400 to 2,000 and 6 demerit points
  • Each subsequent offence upon conviction is a fine between $1,000-4,000 or imprisonment or both.
  • If the driver can’t be identified, the registered owner of the vehicle observed in violation of the law may be charged.

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