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Public schools are back in business tomorrow morning!

So, please, please, please be careful on your streets and roads!

The little ones may not yet know the “rules of the road” so it up to the rest of us to ensure that the first day of school is full of happy memories for everyone.

This is the law in Ontario:

Drivers – always stop for the bus

Whether on a city street, highway or county road, and regardless of the speed limit and the number of lanes, motorists travelling in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing. A flashing stop arm will swing out while passengers are boarding or leaving the bus. (The only exception: on highways separated by a median, traffic coming from the opposite direction is not required to stop). Once all passengers have boarded, the STOP arm will fold away. Do not start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing and the bus begins to move.


First offence:   $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points
Each subsequent offence:   $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points and possible jail time up to six months


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  1. trashee says:

    When I was doing the morning drop off duties, my route to my son’s daycare took me along a couple of very busy roads (Russell and St. Laurent) with three school bus stops along the way.
    I would see a car(s) racing past the yellow buses AT LEAST once a week.
    @squid – I agree with you. What are your other 4 reasons?
    @Dave – helluva job you have there! You have to be a special person to take responsibility for 30+ kids!

  2. Dave 1949 says:

    As a school bus driver thank you. It doesn’t happen all that often but I’d guess that 6 times a year someone drives by the bus while I’m loading or unloading children.
    If one less person does it because of your post that’s one less peril for the students.
    Again, Thank you.

  3. Ottawa is the only place I’ve lived in this country where I’ve seen anyone pass stopped school buses at all. Worse, I’ve seen it enough times here to think it’s a regular occurrence. It’s one of my top 5 reasons why I think Ottawa drivers are the worst in the world.

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