Back-to-school safety a priority for police

It is almost that time. With schools’ openings not far off, Peel Regional Police would like to reinforce to motorists and pedestrians the importance of working together to ensure our roads are safe.

Motorists are reminded that children will be in bus stop areas in the early morning hours and, in some cases, before daylight. When a school bus has stopped and activated its flashing red lights, all vehicles travelling behind or approaching the bus must come to a complete stop before reaching the bus. Drivers who fail to stop in these conditions face a minimum of $400 fine and six demerit points for a first offence.

Parents are encouraged to review and practice safety rules with their children and ensure they are familiar with their route to the bus or school.

Along with students this September, Peel Regional Police will be visiting and patrolling school zones to encourage and enforce pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety. The front line officers, Uniform Patrol, Divisional Traffic Units, and Road Safety Services, will be out in full force in school zones and school bus routes. Violators can expect a zero-tolerance approach as enforcement will be in full effect, to ensure everyone’s safety.

Peel Regional Police urges motorists to drive safely, responsibly, and free from distractions and be extra vigilant when travelling through residential areas, in school zones, and along bus routes. Please drive safe and #TakeThePledgePeel.

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