Results of Back to School Traffic Campaign
Since students returned to school on Tuesday September 8th, North Bay Police have been closely monitoring traffic in school zones and along school bus routes for a two-week period during its annual “Back to School” traffic campaign. Additionally, every school bus driver was instructed to use Ministry-approved infraction report forms to assist police in future enforcement beyond this initiative to aid in the prosecution of offenders.
Here are the results of the campaign:
Failing to stop for a school bus
All observed motorists travelling in both directions stopped for school buses that were stopped with flashing red lights and stop arms extended, except for one:
- A school bus driver used a Ministry-approved infraction form to report to police that an oncoming motorist travelling in the 200 block of Second Avenue West on September 14th at 3:38 p.m. failed to stop for a school bus. The school bus driver identified the motorist as a young male with dark hair who was talking on his cell phone at the time. This infraction is under police investigation.
Police issued provincial offence notices to eight drivers who were speeding in school zones.
High-infraction bus routes and zones
Motorists are reminded to slow down in school zones and to be especially cautious in high-infraction bus zonesbetween 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and between 3:10 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. which have been identified as: 1) Algonquin Avenue; 2) Lakeshore Drive; 3) Airport Road; 4) Gormanville Road; 5) Jane Street; 6) Cassells Street; and 7) Front Street.
When a school bus has stopped with red flashing lights on and the stop arm extended, motorists travelling in both directions* must stop at a safe distance away from the bus (20 metres when approaching from the rear). *The only exception: On highways separated by a median, traffic coming from the opposite direction is not required to stop.
Keep our children safe
Motorists are advised to:
• be ready to stop at all times. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic and some are distracted due to texting, talking on mobiles, or listening to music;
• always try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the road;
• be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding; and
• obey crossing guards when they direct you to stop.