Sudbury

Back to school means renewed focus on school bus safety

As children embark on their first day back to school, yellow buses are travelling across their routes today and safety measures are being implemented to keep everyone in Sudbury safe.

Police, onboard cameras watching out for drivers who illegally pass stopped buses

Eight school buses are carrying cameras this year to catch drivers who break the law, an executive director with the Sudbury Student Services Consortium said. (Ontario Ministry of Transportation Drivers Handbook)

As children embark on their first day back to school, yellow buses are travelling across their routes today and safety measures are being implemented to keep everyone in Sudbury safe. 

One of the changes is replacing small yellow and blue tags used to identify kindergarten children who use school buses with improved red and yellow tags, according to Renée Boucher, executive director with the Sudbury Student Services Consortium.

"The tag is quite larger. It is quite brighter," he said.

Boucher added eight school buses will be carrying cameras onboard to keep an eye out for drivers who illegally pass stopped buses. 

Police say they will also be out patrolling city streets to ensure young ones are getting to and from school safely. Const. Rick Carr said the boost in police cruisers is important with students returning to class.

"Because we're dealing with children, of course it's necessary," Carr said of the 20 different routes police will be shadowing this year. "The cameras are there for when we're not there."

An increased police presence in North Bay school zones led to a 25-per-cent drop in drivers ignoring the stop signs on stopped buses. Sudbury police are hopeful similar results can take place in the Nickel City. 

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