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Saturday September 3rd, 2016

Posted at 12:16pm

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This Tuesday, a new school year starts, and Windsor Police are sending out message to motorists and pedestrians that road safety is a shared responsibility that involves the community as well as the police.

Parents are encouraged to review safety rules with their children prior to the new school year and to ensure that children are familiar with his/her travel path to school or to the bus.

Motorists are reminded that when approaching from the rear of a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, a driver shall stop at least twenty metres before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing.

Every motorist 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 shall not proceed until the bus moves, or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing.

Drivers who fail to stop in these conditions face a minimum $400 fine and six demerit points for a first offence.

Motorist are also reminded to keep their eyes open for school crossing guards in designated school crossing zones who are directing persons across the highway with a raised stop sign. In these cases all drivers approaching a school crossing guard shall stop before reaching the crossing and shall remain stopped until all persons, including the school crossing guard have cleared the roadway and it is safe to proceed.

A driver failing to comply with the school crossing stop sign could face a fine of $175 and three demerit points.

Beginning in September Windsor Police will be visiting and patrolling school zones in order to encourage and enforce the various acts of legislation to ensure pedestrian and driver safety.

Windsor Police Traffic Enforcement & Patrol units plan to be out in full force in the various school zones and on school bus routes in search of traffic violations. Violators can expect a zero tolerance approach to enforcing the rules of the road.

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