October 18, 2006

Ontario announces School Bus Safety Week

Toronto, Ontario – Increased fines for passing a school bus have been passed in Ontario, but Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield says there is still more to do, in light of this week’s School Bus Safety Week.

“One injured child is one too many,” says Cansfield. “School Bus Safety Week, October 16 to October 20, provides an opportunity to remind all motorists, parents and caregivers to be aware of children in school zones, and stop for school buses. About 70 per cent of school-vehicle related deaths happen while students are crossing the street to get on or off the bus. We all have a role in keeping our kids safe.”

Ontario has a maximum fine of $2,000 for vehicle owners whose vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus, and mandatory features for new school buses such as crossing arms, better side mirrors and more emergency exit windows.

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