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RCMP asks public to use diligence when sharing road with school buses

Cst. Jeff Wilson was among the several Kings District RCMP officers conducting a school bus safety checkpoint in front of Aldershot Elementary School Oct. 19.
Cst. Jeff Wilson was among the several Kings District RCMP officers conducting a school bus safety checkpoint in front of Aldershot Elementary School Oct. 19. - Sara Ericsson

Constable says Kings County ‘moderately aware’ of how to safely share road with buses

ALDERSHOT – Do you know how to share the road with a school bus?

Cst. Jeff Wilson was among the several Kings District RCMP officers conducting a school bus safety checkpoint in front of Aldershot Elementary School Oct. 19 for Bus Safety Week.

“Today we’re handing out information with regard and focus to flashing red lights and school buses, and making sure people stop for children as they get on and off the bus,” said Wilson

Wilson and other officers reminded drivers stopped at the checkpoint that when the school bus’ yellow lights are on, it means slow down. When they are red, it means to stop and wait for students to board or leave the bus.

Wilson says Kings County drivers seem “moderately” aware of how to share the road with school buses, and that he often hears calls from both the public and bus drivers concerned with cars not stopping for buses.

He said many drivers are also not aware that school zone speed limits – marked by yellow signs advising drivers to not exceed 30 kilometres per hour when children are present – are not just in place during school hours, but rather any day of the year when children are present in the area.

“With small kids trying to get places, it makes for a very dangerous situation if people aren’t diligent,” he said.

“Make sure you are aware of your environment, and any children within 30 metres of the road.

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