By Rosalind Russell-
It is the first day of school across the Algoma, Manitoulin and Sudbury districts, so motorists are asked to be aware of buses out on the roads.
Consortiums across the three districts have now complied with new legislation requiring school buses to have new features this year.
Retroactive to July 1st, Ontario is requiring school buses manufactured after January 2005 to operate an eight-lamp amber-red warning system and buses will also display signage at the rear of the vehicles that reads “do not pass when red lights flashing.”
It is illegal to fail to stop for a stopped school bus that has its red lights flashing, and if motorists don’t stop, they can be fined $400 to $2,000 and receive six demerit points for a first offence.
The public should also be aware that if busing is not available today to contact their consortium to make sure registration is finalized for their family.
Photo: It is the first day back to school and motorists are asked to be alert for both walking children, and school buses. Photo by Rosalind Russell