With school back in session roadways and sidewalks are more crowded. Toronto Police want to remind parents, students and motorists to be aware of proper safe practices in the city.
- Do not pass a stopped school bus. Fines range from $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first offence. Each subsequent offence is $1,000 to $4,000 and six demerit points with the possibility of up to six months in jail.
- Motorists travelling in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing.
- Be aware of school zone signs. Reduce your speed in these areas.
- Always attempt to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the road.
- Be patient! Wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding.
- Stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard.
- Slow down when approaching school drop off and pick up zones.
Walking to School or the Bus Stop
- Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop in advance. Choose the most direct route with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
- Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell them to stay away from parks, vacant lots and other places which are more isolated.
- Children need to be shown, not just told, how to cross the road safely. Practice! Practice! Practice!
- When possible, do not allow children to walk to school alone. Arrange for walking buddies such as a sibling, friend or neighbour.
- Teach your children to avoid speaking with strangers. This includes accepting rides or gifts. Remind children that adults should only be asking other adults for help.
Riding a Bicycle
- Always wear a helmet that is correctly fitted and secured. The Active Transportation By Law states that anyone under 18 years old must wear an approved helmet when riding a bicycle, skateboarding, in-line skating or roller skating.
Driving Students to School
- Always drop off or pick up children as close to the school as possible.
- After dropping off children, watch to ensure they arrive safely in the schoolyard or building.
- Follow rules provided by your school with respect to drop off and pick up zones. Do not remain in school zones for lengthy periods of time.
- Arrive at the bus stop early and stay out of the street.
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street.
- Always watch for cars.
- Do not bend down in front of a bus to tie shoes or pick up objects. The driver of the bus may not be able to see you.
- Remain seated on the bus at all times. Keep head, arms and objects inside the bus.
This information is provided by Toronto Police Services.