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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

School Starts Today - Be Careful When Driving

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

You could face big fines, and endanger the lives of children if you don't obey the law.

It's a heads up before the start of school -- fines for driving dangerously near school crossings are going up.

OPP Constable Jamie Stanley says driving through a school crossing when the attending guard's sign is up will mean a fine of $1,000 on September 1st.

4 demerit points will also be issued, upon conviction.

Stanley reminds drivers to reduce speeds in school zones, and to watch for crossing guards allowing kids to cross the road.

Highway drivers are reminded school buses will be out in force, and making frequent stops during the morning commute.

If a car passes a school bus with its stop lights flashing, Stanley says police can charge the car owner, if the driver is not identified.

That violation also comes with 6 demerit points, and a fine up to $2,000.

Parents are also encouraged to speak with children about the importance of being safe going to and from school.

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