A message from the OPP….
(ORILLIA, ON) – With another school year just around the corner, there is no more important time than now for officers within the Central Region of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to urge drivers to slow down and to watch for school buses in an effort to keep our children safe.
The OPP would like to take this time to remind motorists to pay close attention when meeting or following a school bus. Motorists in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended and red lights and cannot start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm has been retracted and the bus has started to move.
Patience on the part of drivers is encouraged as many young children will be taking the bus for the first time. This means they might require extra time boarding and departing the bus until they are familiar with the routine.
For more information on school bus safety please visit the Ministry of Transportation’s website at: www.mto.gov.on.ca