October 15, 2007

Ontario reminds drivers to keep children safe during School Bus Safety Week

Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is reminding drivers to watch for school buses and follow school bus safety rules, in light of School Bus Safety Week, which begins today.

Drivers must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with red lights flashing, no matter which direction they are travelling. The only exception is on highways separated by a median, when only vehicles approaching the bus from behind must stop.

A flashing stop arm will swing out while passengers are boarding or leaving the bus, and then fold away. Drivers must not start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing and the bus begins to move. Drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus with red lights flashing face a maximum fine of $2,000 and six demerit points.

For more information on school bus safety, visit the MTO website.

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