Start the school year off right by driving safely and responsibly around school buses.
Drivers can keep children safe by:
•continuing to stop for a school bus when its red lights are flashing as children hop on or off the bus;
•not obstructing school bus loading zones;
•keeping aware and alert of the potential for children to dart out from between school buses and parked cars or buildings; and
•slowing down and being patient in school zones while watching for children.
The McGuinty government has improved school bus safety by making it mandatory for all school buses to have:
•crossing arms to keep children out of the bus driver’s blind spot;
•added emergency exit windows; and
•better side mirrors to improve the driver’s line of sight.
Parents also can do their part to keep their children safe by reminding them of the importance of staying safe on school buses.
Not stopping for a school bus could result in a $2,000 fine and six demerit points.
In Ontario, more than 800,000 students travel by school bus every day.
Travelling on a school bus is 16 times safer than all other modes of transportation.