Motorists are being reminded that starting next week, school buses will be back on the roads again as kids head back to class.
With nearly 830, 000 students traveling on a bus, the Ministry of Transportation has some tips for drivers.
-Be prepared to stop for a school bus at any time, not just during school hours. Stop when the bus is stopped and its upper red lights are flashing.
-Never pass a school bus with its red upper lights flashing — it’s against the law.
-Leave space around school buses so children can get on and off safely.
-Slow down, drive with extra caution and watch for children in school zones.
-Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and school crossings.
And parents are being asked to do their part as well, by reminding kids to be alert and watch for other vehicles when getting on and off school buses.
“Our government is committed to ensuring the safety of all Ontarians. As the new school year begins, help us keep children safe by slowing down, staying alert and paying extra attention when driving near school buses and in school zones.” – Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.
” We are very proud of Ontario’s excellent school bus safety record. We encourage drivers to become our safety partners and to review school bus safety measures before the start of the school year. ” – Les Cross, President, Ontario School Bus Association.