LEEDS – Motorists need to be on the lookout for Leeds County youth. Recently, there have been several reports of motorists failing to stop for flashing red lights.
Leeds OPP officers will be out ensuring that motorists are reminded of the rules of the road in regards to school buses. This falls in conjunction with the 2017 National School Bus Safety Week: October 16-20, 2017
Section 175(11) of the Highway Traffic Act states, “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 shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing.”
The fine for failing to stop for a school bus with lights flashing is $400.00 to $2,000 and six demerit points. Vehicle owners can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus, even if they weren’t driving.
Reduced speeds in some school zones are in effect, so beware, we’ll be watching. When you are charged with certain offences, including speeding, the fines are increased and in some cases doubled, in Community Safety Zones. A community safety zone is any area with signs near schools, daycares or any other designated location.
Help keep our children safe…pay attention!