Police issue back to school road safety reminder

Your Orangeville Police Service reminds drivers and pedestrians to pay extra attention in school zones as children return to school next week.

Orangeville Police officers will be increasing enforcement throughout the community, with an emphasis on school zones, to educate motorists, students and parents of the importance of road safety, especially during the school day.

In addition to enforcement at or near schools, officers will be actively looking for drivers who disobey the flashing lights of school buses. The charge of Failing to Stop for a School Bus carries a penalty of six demerit points and a fine of up to $2000 for a first-time offender. For a second offence, a fine of up to $4000 or six months in jail may be imposed.

Officers will also be vigilant for drivers who fail to stop for school crossing guards. The Highway Traffic Act states that all motorists must yield to pedestrians waiting to cross the roadway. Motorists must always be prepared to stop when approaching a cross walk or school crossing guard. Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have crossed and are safely on the sidewalk, can drivers proceed.

In addition to Highway Traffic Act violations, police will also be educating and enforcing Town of Orangeville Parking Bylaws to help with congestion in and around schools.

The Orangeville Police Service reminds all motorists to drive defensively, courteously, obey speed limits and crossing guards. Watch for children who may not be paying attention to traffic. Avoid speeding in residential neighborhoods and obey the laws governing school buses.

Parents are also asked to reinforce safety rules with children. Use sidewalks where possible, look both ways before crossing roads, and obey crossing guards’ directions are all good rules to remind kids.

“We want to ensure the safety of all pedestrians in our community. We are asking drivers to do their part to keep our roads safe as well”, said Chief Wayne Kalinski.

Posted on August 29, 2019