Thousands of nervous and excited students are waking up Tuesday morning as the first day of classes begins in London and the surrounding region.
As children make their way to their schools, London Police are asking everyone to keep safety top of mind.
— London Police ON (@lpsmediaoffice) September 5, 2016
Motorists are being asked to be extra vigilant today, and plan to give themselves extra time to get where they’re going. Police are also reminding parents and care givers to take time to talk to their children on the importance of safety.
Officers are expected to be out in school zones to make sure everyone is playing by the rules and children make it to class safely. Be aware that many children will be walking, or riding their bikes to school.
School buses will also be back on the roads. The Highway Traffic Act section 175 states: “every driver or street car operator, when meeting on a highway, other than a highway with a median strip, a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, shall stop before reaching the bus and not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead lights have stopped flashing.”
Also, “every driver or street car operator on a highway, when approaching from the rear, a stopped school bus that has its overhead signal-lights flashing, shall stop at least twenty meters before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing.”
Fines for a first offence upon conviction is between $400 and $2,000 and 6 demerit points. Each subsequent offence upon conviction is a fine of $1,000 to $4,000, or imprisonment, or both. If the driver can not be identified, the registered owner of the vehicle in violation may be charged.
Police hope that everyone being vigilant about safety on our roadways will contribute to an incident-free return to school.