North Bay Police remind members of the public that it is back to school time. It is time for drivers to prepare for the flashing lights of the school bus and the safety of our children walking to school.
Chief Tod states “Drivers need to be aware as they travel in our communities that young people are enthusiast as they head to and from school this time of year and this might cause them to be less safety oriented.”
Community Safety Zones are in effect now as well which lower the speed limits and double the fines.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Vehicle owners can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus, even if they weren't driving.
REPORTING DRIVERS WHO DON’T STOP (Compliments of Ministry of Transportation Information)
You can report a vehicle that doesn’t stop properly for a school bus to police immediately by calling 911.
You can also go to the nearest police station and file a complaint. The police will ask you:
The date and time of the incident.
The vehicle’s make, model, colour and licence number.
Who was driving?
Was the bus a “chrome yellow” school bus with the words “School Bus” at both the front and rear of the bus?
Was it a small or a large school bus?
Was the school bus stopped?
Were the upper red lights of the school bus flashing while it was stopped?
Were there passengers boarding or leaving the school bus?
Did the vehicle pass the school bus from behind or was it coming toward the bus in the opposite lane?
Other details can also help, such as witness accounts or photographs.