Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services ("STS") wishes to remind motorists
of a "safety first" approach in school areas. Extra traffic and excited students
mean drivers must take extra care.
As school staff and students head back to school in one week's time, there will
be increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic in school zones. STS wishes to remind
all motorists to obey the law and come to a complete stop when the red signal lights
of a school bus are flashing. There is a maximum fine of $2,000 under the Highway
Traffic Act for vehicle owners who choose to disobey the law and illegally pass
a stopped school bus.
With increased traffic around school zones, parents are asked to respect school
bus loading zones when picking up and dropping off students at school locations,
and leave these areas clear for school purpose vehicles.
Leave yourself extra travel time in the morning, especially during the first week
of school. Many construction projects are still on-going and traffic volume increases
once school returns. Whether you have students travelling to school by bus, or are
a motorist in a school zone, everyone benefits from focusing on road safety during
this exciting time of year.
Southwestern Ontario Student Transportation Services coordinates school bussing
services in Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford counties for over 45,000 students each day.