OPP urging children to stay safe this school year

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It’s almost that time of year again.

Children will be returning to school next month, and the Oxford County OPP are asking motorists, parents and students to prepare for the return of school buses and students along the roads.

When motorists see a school bus stopped on the roadway with its red lights activated and ‘Stop’ sign out, they must come to a complete stop whether they are in front of or behind the bus.

Motorists must not pass the stopped bus until the stop arm is retracted and the red lights are turned off.

The set fine for passing a school bus is $490 and six demerit points. However, an officer can choose to issue a court summons for this offence, where the maximum fine is $2,000.

Vehicle owners can be legally responsible if their vehicle fails to stop for a school bus, even if they are not the driver.

Police are asking parents and caregivers to take the time to discuss safe bike riding and safe walking with their children.

Some things to consider are all cyclists under 18 must wear an approved helmet, all cyclists need to keep their eyes and ears open for cars, all cyclists must follow the rules of the road (no stunts on the roadway), walkers use the sidewalk and only cross the streets at intersections and always stop, look both ways and listen before crossing any road.

OPP are urging parents to talk to their children and ensure safe travels whether on the school bus, on a bike or walking.

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