Driving Around School Buses Concerning

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As the first day of school approaches, OPP are reminding drivers to be cautious, specifically around school buses.

The Independent School Bus Operators Assocation (ISBOA) conducted a province-wide study earlier this summer. School bus drivers reported incidents where vehicles passed buses when their lights were flashing.

Results show that approximately 151 incidents happened each day between May 5-9. The majority of the incidents (75%) involved oncoming drivers failing to stop.

The OPP says the numbers are concerning because bus drivers are not the only people responsible for kids’ safety.

“As drivers, we know that at certain times of the day we can expect to encounter school buses during our travels,” says West Region OPP Traffic Inspector Ian Chappell. “Drivers need to be vigilant and pay attention to the flashing red lights and other safety equipment used on buses.”

“Our common goal is to make back-to-school – and the rest of the school year- safe for all children who ride the bus,” says the President of the ISBOA Steve Hull.

The ISBOA has launched a campaign called “I Stop You Stop” to promote safe driving around school buses.

It’s against the law for drivers to drive past a school bus when it is stopped on a road with its red lights on and “STOP” sign out. Drivers are not allowed to pass the bus until the “STOP” sign is retracted and the flashing lights are turned off.