In its continued effort to address road safety and educate citizens on the rules of the road, the Integrated Traffic Unit is focusing on back to school and school bus safety during the month of September.
Officers remind motorists that it is illegal to pass a school bus from either direction when red lights are flashing, regardless of the number of traffic lanes. The initial fine for this offence is $406.45 and six points on your driver’s license. Failing to proceed with caution when passing a school bus exhibiting flashing amber lights could also result in a $291.45 fine. They will also monitor crosswalks in areas surrounding schools, universities and colleges. Citizens are reminded to be aware of school zones and corresponding crosswalks, and to exercise care in these areas to help ensure the safety of our students
Police will be stepping up enforcement and motorists are asked to do their part by obeying these laws. This will help make it safer for children going to and coming from school. Anyone who witnesses an infraction is encouraged to report it to police at 902-490-5016. We thank citizens for helping to keep our streets safe. Members of the unit, in collaboration with Safety Services Nova Scotia, will be distributing school zones safety pamphlets at various locations throughout the month.
The traffic safety theme in August focused on construction zones. The unit monitored and enforced reduced speed limits in temporary construction zones. During the month, a total of 2,432 Summary Offence Tickets were issued for a variety of offences throughout the region.