Niagara police and school bus cameras team up to tackle dangerous drivers


Published September 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

Niagara Regional Police are warning drivers to follow all rules of the road in and around school zones as thousands of children head back to school on Tuesday. 

In addition to a beefed-up police presence at schools starting next week, school bus cameras that can catch dangerous drivers in the act will also be used to deter motorists from ignoring the flashing red lights of stopped buses. 

The School Bus Stop Arm Cameras were introduced last year by Ontario’s ministry of transportation as another tool to ensure school zone and school bus safety. Drivers who ignore the flashing red lights and stop arms, and continue past the stopped bus, can be fined $400 to $2,000 for a first offence. 

First offenders may also lose six demerit points. Subsequent offences could cost drivers $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points and up to six months in jail. 

Starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, police officers and detectives from across the Niagara police force will be reassigned from their daily duties to take part in the school enforcement initiative, now in its 21st year in the region. 

Specifically, police will be paying close attention to school zones and posted speed limits there, child restraint systems in vehicles, school bus safety, and aggressive and distracted driving. 


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