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School Buses Back On Ontario's Roads

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School Buses Back On Ontario's Roads

McGuinty Government Reminds Drivers To Keep Children Safe

Ministry of Transportation

Start the school year off right by driving safely as school buses get kids to class next week.

  • Drivers can keep children safe by:stopping and never passing a school bus when its red lights are flashing as children hop on or off the bus.
  • Obeying the rules of the road and watching for children, especially in school zones.
  • Keeping a safe distance and avoiding blocking dedicated school bus areas so children have space to enter or exit the bus.
  • Stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks and school crossings. 

Parents can also do their part to keep their children safe by reminding them of the importance of staying safe on school buses.

Quick Facts

  • Every day, more than 800,000 children ride a school bus in Ontario.
  • Although injuries to school bus passengers are rare in Ontario, they happen most often while students are boarding the bus or crossing the street.
  • School buses in Ontario are safer than ever since the McGuinty government made crossing arms, extra emergency windows and improved side mirrors mandatory for all buses.
  • You can be fined up to $2,000 and six demerit points if you fail to stop for a school bus.

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“Back-to-school season is an exciting time for parents and children, but it's also a great opportunity for drivers to refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road. We can keep children safe around schools and buses by being safe drivers - slow down, look up and prepare to stop when the red lights are flashing.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

“School bus safety is something that everyone needs to be aware of; it's not just bus drivers and students who should know the rules, but also parents and motorists. With the large number of students transported by school bus every day it is important that these rules are reviewed periodically to ensure safety throughout the school year.”

Rick Donaldson

Executive Director-Ontario School Bus Association

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