Drivers reminded to be alert as school year begins

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Drivers are reminded to be alert for students crossing roads and use caution when approaching a school bus as the school year begins.

Drivers are reminded to be alert for students crossing roads and use caution when approaching a school bus as the school year begins Thursday.

As well as the extra traffic around schools, many before- and after-school activities are also starting.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure the rules of the road are observed,” states a news release from Kings District RCMP. “They are not created to ruin your day, but to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Kings District RCMP will continue to make enforcing Highway Safety Rules and Regulations a priority.

The provincial Transportation Department also reminds drivers when they see a school bus with red lights flashing, they must stop at least six metres (20 feet) from the front or rear of the bus. Drivers should be prepared to slow down when the amber lights flash and to come to a full stop when the red lights flash. Vehicles should remain stopped until the

red lights stop flashing.

The fine for passing a school bus when the red lights are flashing is up to $5,000 and eight demerit points added to the driver under the Highway Traffic Act .

Visit the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s School Bus Safety page for more information.

“Keeping our children safe as they travel between home and school is everyone’s responsibility,” said Transportation Minister Robert Vessey. “Passing a bus when its lights are flashing is not only dangerous, but illegal. I urge all Islanders to be patient, follow the rules of the road, and help keep students safe.”       

Children should be reminded to follow safe practices as they wait for, and prepare to get on, school buses. They should always look both ways before crossing the road. They should also wait on the side of the road until the bus comes to a full stop, the red lights begin flashing and the bus’s safety arm is fully extended.

Organizations: Kings District RCMP, Transportation Department, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

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