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Back to School traffic enforcement campaign begins Tuesday

September 1, 2017

Back to School traffic enforcement campaign begins Tuesday

Back to school means more traffic on our roads, more young pedestrians and cyclists travelling to and from school, and the return of yellow school buses. Motorists are advised that the North Bay Police Service will be monitoring traffic and enforcing traffic laws along school bus routes, in community safety zones where speeds are reduced to 40 km/hour and at school crossings where young pedestrians are crossing the road with the help of school crossing guards. The campaign begins Tuesday and continues every weekday until Friday September 15th, 2017, during peak hours when traffic congestion is at its highest: in the morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Our goal with our annual traffic campaign is to ensure that all children who are going back to school are safe,” said Staff Sergeant Rick Dubeau, Traffic Section, North Bay Police Service. “We remind motorists that they must stop for a school bus when its upper red lights are flashing, regardless of whether they are behind the bus or approaching it from the front. They must also wait for pedestrians to completely cross the road when they are crossing at school crossings with the assistance of school crossing guards. We also remind motorists to respect the 40 km per hour speed signs posted in community safety zones.”

Fines for infractions

Stop for a school bus – Drivers are reminded that they must stop for a school bus in both directions (unless traffic is separated by a median) when its upper red lights are flashing. First offence: $400 to $2000 plus 6 demerit points. Subsequent offence: $1,000 to $4000 plus 6 demerit points and possible jail time up to six months.

Stop at school crossings – Drivers and cyclists must stop and yield the whole roadway at school crossings and other locations where there is a crossing guard. Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have crossed and are safely on the sidewalk can drivers and cyclists proceed. Fine: $150 to $500 and 3 demerit points. Fines are DOUBLED in community safety zones.

Speeding Fines

Kilometres per hour over the maximum speed

Set Fine

1-19 km

$2.50 per kilometre

20-29 km

$3.75 per kilometre

30-49 km

$6 per kilometre

50 km or more

No out of court settlement

Demerit points for speeding upon conviction

Kilometres per hour over the maximum speed

Demerit points

16-29 km

Three

30-49 km

Four

50 km or more

Six demerit points, vehicle impoundment, and court summons

To understand how demerit points work, visit: ontario.ca/page/understanding-demerit-points