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School Bus Safety

In Sudbury, thousands of children ride safely to school on buses everyday. Parents need to ensure that their children know how to stay safe on and around school buses.

Kids: Check out the Ministry of Transportation's Web site for school bus safety tips!

Parents: Review the above tips with your children and make sure they understand the danger zones around school buses.

Motorists need to pay particular attention to school buses during the school year. Always stop for a school bus.

Here are some simple tips about what you should when approaching a school bus that is preparing to stop:

  • When you are approaching the school bus from the opposite direction, stop at a safe distance away from the front of the bus.
  • When you are approaching the school bus from behind, stop at least 20 metres away from the back of the bus.
  • Once the red lights have stopped flashing, the STOP arm folds away and the bus begins to move, it is safe to continue driving.
  • Registered owners of vehicles can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing.

Failing to stop for a school bus can result in a fine upon conviction.

First offence: Fine - $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points.

Each subsequent offence: Fine - $1,000 to $4,000 and six demerit points with possible imprisonment up to six months.

Remember: School buses are required to stop at all railway crossings, but they are not required to use the bus' upper red lights.

Visit the Ministry of Transportation for more school bus safety information for parents, children, and motorists.

Lets Remember Adam

On 11 February 2000, Adam Ranger, who was 5 years old, was killed while exiting a school bus. Since that time the Ranger family along with numerous civic minded businesses and organizations have pressed for changes to school bus safety and an awareness of the dangers of not stopping for a school bus.schoolbus.jpg

 Since the launch of the "Let's Remember Adam - Stop for the School Bus" Campaign in August 2005, over 30 billboards have been erected through out Northern Ontario. Now comes the official launch of the "Lets Remember Adam" website.

 The website can be accessed at www.letsrememberadam.org 

 Here you will find links to legislation and to provincial statistics outlining the charges that have been issued in various parts of the province for motorists who have failed to stop for a school bus.

 In Ontario, more than 800,000 children travel on school buses to and from school each day.  Every young passenger's life is worth protecting. 

 Ontario legislation requires drivers to stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing.  Whether you are travelling on a city street, a highway or country road, and regardless of the speed limit and the number of lanes, motorists travelling in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing.  Violators can face fines of up to $2,000 and six demerit points.  As of September 2005, the legislation states that the registered owner of vehicles can be charged.  This change in legislation makes it easier for bus drivers to accurately report to police vehicles that do not follow the passing legislation.