With the start of school this week, police are urging motorists to drive with extra caution when traveling in school zones and near school buses.
Officers are currently out in force with zero tolerance for those who violate safety laws around school children. Police can be spotted in patrol cars, on foot and on bicycles helping crossing guards in school zones and patrolling bus routes.
Police are urging motorists to pay attention and put their phones down while driving, especially when approaching a crossing guard. Motorists are required to come to a complete stop when a crossing guard has his or her stop signed raised and they must wait until the crossing guard and all children have safely existed a crosswalk before proceeding. Failing to do so, could come with a $175 fine and three demerit points.
Drivers who fail to stop when a school bus is stopped with its overheard red signal flashing could also face a minimum fine of $400 and six demerit points for a first offense.
The Ministry of Transportation is also reminding motorists of these important safety tips:
- Obey the speed limit at all times and be prepared to stop for a school bus, even outside of school hours
- It is against the law to pass a school bus with its overhead red light flashing
- Drive with caution when approaching or passing a school bus
- Leave enough space around the bus so that children can safely enter and exit the bus
- Come to a complete stop and yield the entire roadway at crosswalks and school crossings where a crossing guard is present
Drivers who fail to follow these important safety steps can be held liable for any resulting injuries or damages. Contact our Windsor car accident lawyers to learn more about your legal options if your child has been injured or killed near a school or school bus.