Peel Police asks motorists to be careful as schools get ready to open

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Road safety is a shared responsibility.

This is the message from the Peel Regional Police for the community, students and their families as everyone settles back into school-year routines following the summer break.

Peel Police are reminding motorists 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 $400.00 fine and six demerit points for a first offence.

Parents are encouraged to review and practice safety rules with their children, and to ensure  the child is familiar with his/her route to the bus or school.

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Along with students this September, Peel Regional Police will be visiting and patrolling schools zones in order to encourage and enforce pedestrian and driver safety.  These officers will represent front line Uniform Patrol, Divisional Traffic Units and Road Safety Services.  They will be out in full force in school zones and on school bus routes, in search of traffic violations.  Violators can expect a zero tolerance approach to enforcing the rules of the road.

Peel Regional Police urges motorists to drive safely, responsibly and free from distractions at all times and to be extra vigilant when travelling through residential areas, in school zones and along bus routes.  – CINEWS

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