Kids across the country are heading back to school this week and that means roads and school zones will be busy once again. After spending the summer without school buses on the roads, motorists are encouraged to remain alert as a new school season begins.
“When you're around the school zones, slow down,” says bus driver Carm Cole. “Kids are excited, they're text messaging, they're on their skateboards, they're running across the roads without thinking, so please just watch out for them especially around dismissal times and when they're going into school in the morning.”
According to Brian Patterson with the Ontario Safety League, traffic is about 20 percent busier during a school season than it is over the summer months.
“So you're going to have to be ready for the increased traffic and be safe in a school zone,” notes Patterson.
Regardless of the weather or which way you're travelling, sharing the road with a school bus is important. When you see the safety arms and stop sign out with the lights flashing, you're required to stop. Failing to do so could result in a hefty fine.
For a closer look at the weather conditions in your area this week, check out the School Day Forecast.