The Timmins Police Service is issuing a public safety advisory in light of the school year set to begin shortly.

School buses will soon be a significant presence on area roadways.

Motorists are reminded of their legal obligation to come to a complete stop when approaching or meeting any school bus with its red lights flashing and its STOP arm activated.

These safety features are deployed when a school bus is stopped to allow children to get aboard or disembark from a school bus.

Drivers have the legal and ethical requirement to be alert and observant when approaching any school bus from any direction and to comply with the pertinent sections of the Highway Traffic Act that apply to those circumstances.

Hefty fines, demerit points, and, in some cases, suspensions of driver’s licences can serve as potential penalties for those found to be in contravention and actively disregard their legal obligations.

The Timmins Police Service will be monitoring traffic in key areas and in the vicinity of area schools in search of motorists who are in violation of speed limits or engaging in aggressive driving in regards to school buses.

The Timmins Police Service and the children who are aboard school buses in our community are counting on drivers to exercise patience and good judgment at all times when approaching a school bus.

Motorists found to be in violation of the Highway Traffic Act can expect a firm but fair response at the roadside from the Timmins Police Service with very little prospect of leniency.

Timmins Police Service – Traffic Sergeant Thomas Chypyha adds “The safety of school children reaching their intended destination is a responsibility that all motorists share.  Timmins Police officers will address any violations vigilantly.  Our obligation is a clear one and we treat the safety of children as a priority issue.