7:30 a.m., March 6)
to crackdown on school bus running through 'I Stop, You
By Fred Sherwin
City of Ottawa is launching a campaign to nab school bus
runners in the latest action to stop drivers from ignoring
school bus crossing arms and flashing lights.
Roads Ottawa .launched their "I Stop, You Stop"
campaign at Maple Ridge Elementary School on Wednesday
with the help of a group of enthusiastic students.
part of the campaign three feet by six feet road signs
will be installed at six different school bus stops in
Orléans including Champlain and Jeanne d'Arc Blvd.,
Charlemagne and Tenth Line Road, and Brian Coburn Way,and
Portobello Blvd. They will later be replaced with larger,
Ottawa Police Service will also be deploying unmarked
units to ensure that drivers are obeying the signs and
the law. Driving past a school bus with its crossing arm
deployed and its flashing lights on will result in a $400
fine and the loss of six demerit points.
growing concern with school bus running was first brought
to light in an article published on OrleansOnline.ca in
early December. The article was picked up by several media
outlets including the Ottawa Citizen and CJOH.
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais has been at the forefront in
pushing for a crackdown on school bus running and raising
public awareness about the dangerous practices which puts
the safety of students at risk.
this is a way to remind people that it's important to
stop for stop signs, because if you don't, the police
are watching and the fines are pretty big and you could
be putting the life of a child at risk," he said.
"It's simply not worth it."
official launch of the campaign came just minutes after
another near miss near Maple Ridge.
vehicle came and it continued through all our warning
signals and stop sign and everything else," said
bus driver-in-training Andrew Kissman, who was en route
to Maple Ridge Elementary. "You never know, there
could have been another student waiting to cross, or whatever,
or the timing could have been slightly different."
owner of Navan-based school bus operator M.L. Bradley
Inc. says school bus running is quickly becoming an epidemic
especially in the east end.
trained our drivers to train their kids to wait for a
signal to cross, but you have no control over the drivers
that are coming from a fair distance away, and aren't
paying attention," explains Kathleen Both, while
noting there has been at least a half dozen near misses
during the current school year.
is hopeful the "I Stop, You Stop" campaign will
have an impact on area drivers.
think any awareness that you can do that improves the
safety of the children on a school bus is worth it,"
is pushing to have traffic cameras installed on school
bus crossing arms by next fall with the goal of catching
school bus runners red-handed.
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