School bus danger exists, say police

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Slow down for school buses.

CORNWALL, Ontario - City police said more drivers are failing to stop for school buses, creating a dangerous situation where children could be in danger of being struck by a vehicle.

The service put out a reminder to motorists Tuesday, warning that a zero-tolerance policy exists for those who fail to stop, or otherwise ignore the rules concerning school buses.

"There has been an increase in school bus violations recently," police said in a media release. "Police are reminding motorists to pay attention and be patient.  When you see a school bus, watch for the flashing lights, come to a full stop."

Const. Sherri Cameron said the reason for the increase in violations is likely related to a jump in the number of people reporting them to police, among other things.

"Everybody is in a hurry," she said. "And they probably have 100 things on their mind...in general that is our lifestyle."

She said police are handing out tickets where possible.

Failing to stop for a school bus will cost a motorist $490 and six demerit points will be added to their license.

"It's huge because of the dangers involved...especially because we're talking about school buses and children," she said. "We want drivers to be observant and patient."

Geographic location: Ontario

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