The Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to road safety and at the beginning of September each year, our Service collectively participates in an annual Back to School initiative in order to remind drivers, and all users of our roadways, about school zone safety.
Following this initiative where officers look for distracted driving offences, rules of the road offences, speeding and seatbelt compliance, school zone safety remains an important part of traffic enforcement initiatives.
Members of the Niagara Regional Police Service and its Special Enforcement Unit would like to remind drivers in Niagara of the importance of continuing to follow road safety specifically in the areas of schools. Sadly the NRPS receive far too many complaints from school bus drivers and area residents of drivers who are risking the safety of our youth by not following the rules of the road.
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act enforces that every driver, when approaching a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. Police are asking that drivers have patience with school buses and follow the law as its intention is for the safety of our youth. Please don’t attempt to pass and give bus safety your care and attention. Pay attention to the roadway speeds in school zones as well, as speeds are often reduced.