With the first day of school quickly approaching, the Brantford Police Service Traffic Unit will launch a Back-to-School Road Safety Blitz, looking for aggressive drivers, persons speeding, and to conduct stop sign enforcement.
As kids return to school, we ask everyone to be extra careful on our city streets, as children may not pay attention to the rules of the roads or watch for moving cars. We would like to remind motorists and pedestrians the importance of working together to ensure our roads remain a safe place.
At this time, we would also like to remind drivers of the new penalties for Stunt Driving under the Highway Traffic Act. If you are travelling 40km/hr over the posted speed limit in speed zones below 80 km/hr, you will now be charged with Stunt Driving.
In addition to fees and demerit points, a driver charged with Speed Driving will now receive a 30-day driver licence suspension and a 14-day vehicle impoundment.
Motorists are also reminded to use caution around school buses. 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 fine and six demerit points for a first offence. If a vehicle is identified to fail for a school bus the registered owner can also receive a $400 fine.
Parents are encouraged to review and practice safety rules with their children to ensure they are familiar with their route to the bus or school.
We urge motorists and pedestrians to commute safely, free from distractions and to use extra caution when travelling through residential areas, school zones and along bus routes. Please slow down and be alert for children travelling to and from school. Community safety is a shared responsibility.
For more information and further clarification regarding the rules of the road, please visit the Ministry of Transportation website.