Back to School Traffic Enforcement

Back to School Traffic Enforcement

Results from the North Bay Police Service’s Back to School Traffic Enforcement Campaign for Thursday September 8th, 2016 are in. No tickets or 72-hour notices were issued yesterday as a result of police observations of traffic in school and community safety zones, along bus routes and at school crossings.

Report from school bus drivers
Yesterday, Stock Transportation provided the North Bay Police Service with the following detailed report of observations from local school bus drivers. ALL of these incidents took place while the school buses’ upper red lights were flashing and their stop arms were extended:

  1. At 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday September 6th, at 323 Airport Road, while students were entering the school bus on the loading door side, a vehicle failed to stop, and passed the school bus in the left lane.
  2. At 8:13 a.m. on Tuesday September 6th, at 131 Elmwood Road, while the students were crossing the road, an elderly male driver failed to stop and was observed driving passed while on his cell phone.
  3. At 8:26 a.m. on Tuesday September 6th, at Trout Lake Road and Kingsway Avenue, a driver failed to stop.
  4. At 3:34 p.m. on Tuesday September 6th, at 134 McIntyre Street West, two vehicles failed to stop for the school bus.
  5. At 3:34 p.m. on Tuesday September 6th, on 560 McNamara Street, a distracted driver on a cell phone failed to stop.
  6. At 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday September 6th, at 537 Hardy Street, a driver failed to stop.
  7. At 8:03 a.m. on Wednesday September 7th, at 2677 Trout Lake Road, a driver failed to stop.
  8. At 8:13 a.m. on Thursday September 8th, at 442 Algonquin Avenue, a driver failed to stop.
  9. At 8:21 a.m. on Thursday September 8th, at 509 Carmichael Drive, a driver failed to stop.
  10. At 8:26 a.m. on Thursday September 8th, at Trout Lake Road and Kingsway Avenue, the same vehicle reported on Tuesday at the same location failed to stop for the bus.
  11. At 8:03 a.m. on Thursday September 8th, at 2677 Trout Lake Road, the same vehicle reported on Wednesday at the same location failed to stop for the bus.
  12. At 3:20 p.m. on Thursday September 8th at 134 McIntyre Street West, a vehicle failed to stop.

In Ontario, school bus drivers can report vehicles that have illegally passed a school bus. If you are the vehicle’s registered owner you could be fined, even if you weren’t driving at the time of the infraction.

STOP for a school bus in BOTH DIRECTIONS

You must STOP whenever you approach a stopped school bus with its upper alternating red lights flashing and stop arm extended, regardless of whether you are behind the bus or approaching it from the front. When approaching the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance for children to get off the bus and cross the road in front of you. If you are coming from behind the bus, stop at least 20 metres away. Remain stopped until the arm folds away and all lights stop flashing.

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Exception – Traffic separated by a median

The only exception to this law is if you are on a road separated by a median. (A median is a physical barrier such as a raised, lowered, earth or paved strip constructed to separate traffic travelling in different directions. Vehicles cannot cross over a median strip.) In these situations, ONLY vehicles coming from BEHIND the bus must STOP.

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Back to School Traffic Enforcement Campaign Continues

The North Bay Police Service’s traffic enforcement campaign continues every weekday until Friday September 16th, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. when school-related traffic is at its peak. Police officers will be monitoring and enforcing traffic laws along school bus routes, in community safety zones where speeds are reduced to 40 km per hour and at school crossings where young pedestrians are crossing the road with the help of school crossing guards.