Police ready to dole out harsh fines in Mississauga and Brampton school zones
Published September 1, 2021 at 2:58 pm
Peel Regional Police will be out in full force at school zones in Mississauga and Brampton starting next week when tens of thousands of children head back to the classroom.
Armed with a zero-tolerance approach, officers are prepared to dish out harsh fines for offences such as speeding in school zones and not obeying school bus signals as roads across Peel will be filled with the recognizable orange vehicles picking up and dropping off school kids of all ages.
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 it. Drivers who fail to do so face a minimum $400 fine and six demerit points for a first offence, police say.
“Motorists are reminded that after an extended time away from riding on school buses, children will once again be out on neighbouring streets as they commute to and from school on school buses,” Peel police said in a statement announcing the road safety initiative.
Police also stress the importance of both drivers and pedestrians working together to ensure safety on the roads, specifically in school zones. Furthermore, they’re encouraging parents to review and practice safety rules with their children and ensure the youngsters are familiar with their school bus route or the way to school.
“We urge motorists and pedestrians to commute safely, responsibly, free from distractions and be extra vigilant when travelling through residential areas, school zones and along bus routes,” police say.
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