School bus safety reminder from the OPP

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With the school year well under way and the Holiday Season just around the corner, there is no more important time than now for the Huntsville Detachment 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stop arm extended and red lights and cannot start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm has been retracted and the bus has started to move.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 excited due to the upcoming Holidays. This means they might require extra time boarding and departing the bus.

For more information on school bus safety please visit the Ministry of Transportation’s website at: www.mto.gov.on.ca.

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  1. When will seat belts be mandatory for the children on area school buses? And how are they going to deal with the wee ones who are too light for the regular belts? Are the parents going to belt them into the car seats, and school staff going to unbelt them at the school? In no instance, should the driver bear any responsibility for either; as she/he already has to drive, and watch for traffic (in both directions) when boarding/deboarding students. Obviously, there are insurance issues (or waiver forms) to be dealt with as well; but safety is paramount, and the outdated study (showing belts to be dangerous) has been satisfactorily debunked by a recent study.

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