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September 3, 2014
For immediate release
Drivers reminded to drive safely as school year begins
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Island drivers are reminded to be alert for students crossing roads and use caution when approaching a school bus, says Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey.
“Keeping our children safe as they travel between home and school is everyone’s responsibility,” said the minister. “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.”
Drivers should be prepared to slow down when the amber lights flash and to come to a full stop when the red lights flash. Drivers approaching a school bus with red lights flashing must stop at least six metres (20 feet) from the front or rear of the bus. 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.
“As students return to school, it is the responsibility of all Islanders to look out for children crossing the road and respect the rules governing school bus safety,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac. “Parents are encouraged to take some time to chat with children about how to get to and from school safely.”
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.
Visit the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s School Bus Safety page for more information.