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"Project Safe Start" kicks off Tuesday

Continues first week of September
School bus service for thousands of students in the Sudbury/Manitoulin region could be impacted in the coming weeks as employees of the Sudbury Student Services Consortium (SSSC) will be in a legal strike position as early as May 23. File photo.



As students and their families begin a new school-year, the Barrie Police Service will be out in full force to ensure everyone is adhering to the rules of the road to assist with a safe start to a new school year.

Project-Safe Start is a road safety initiative that will take place the first week of September. This initiative is to educate and bring awareness to motorists and pedestrians travelling through school zones and along bus routes.

With the return to school there is an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic in and around school zones in the morning and late afternoon.

The Barrie Police Service will be out in full force in school zones and on school bus routes in search of traffic violations in efforts to keep everyone safe. These officers will represent front line Uniform Patrol, Traffic Services and School Liaison officers.

Motorists are urged to drive safely, and free from distractions at all times.

Students will be in bus stop areas in the early morning hours and, in some cases, before daylight.

When a school bus has stopped and activated its flashing red lights, all vehicles travelling behind or approaching the bus must come to a complete stop before reaching the bus. Drivers who fail to stop in these conditions face a minimum $400.00 fine and six demerit points for a first offence.

Parents are encouraged to review and practice safety rules with their children, and ensure they are familiar with their route to the bus or school.

For additional safety tips, visit our website.

For more information on the rules of the road please visit the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation website.