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Ontario requires school buses to have a new amber red light warning system

This is the first week of summer vacation for most elementary and junior high school students in the state. This means that in most cases the school bus will be parked for the next two months.

However, when we return to the road in September, we will have eight new amber red light warning systems.

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The goal is to increase rider safety and reduce the number of drivers who do not stop at the school bus.

"Amber lights have been used elsewhere (Canada and the United States) and have been found to help draw the attention of other drivers near the bus," Central Ontario said. Student Transportation Service (STSCO) says. CAO Joel Sloggett

"That is, when the lights go out, you know that the bus will stop in the very near future."

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Police treat the new amber lighting system the same as a traditional lighting system — when you do, you will be charged. Zero tolerance.

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"This is a step in the right direction. Stop whenever the driver is in front of the school bus. You need to be where you can, the driver needs to know that, "said Joe Ayacht, a constable at the Peterbara County OPP.

"If a driver drives a school bus at a red light and stops signing out, there is a $ 490 fine and six disadvantages."

Sloggett tells Global News Peterborough, STSCO He said he hopes that his bus company will complete the refurbishment in time for the start of the new semester by mid-August.

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Updated lighting requirements July 1st Manufactured after January 2005 to switch to a new system that went into effect and required all buses.

The bus should display a revised sign on the back of the vehicle to read "Do not pass when the red light is flashing".

"If safety is important and it helps, we all want it," Sloggett added.

"Slow down and get ready to stop. Saving a few seconds can lead to a serious accident, so don't compete to get over it."

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To support the successful implementation of this new system, the bus company has obtained a grace period from the Ministry of Transport until September 1st. increase.

Businesses and businesses can apply to the government for subsidies to complete the refurbishment.

The application deadline is July 31st.

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