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Back to School

 It's so hard to believe that at this time next week Souris School will have completed their first few days of the school year. At this time, motorists must remember to be cautious of the pedestrians and the school bus traffic.  School commences on Wednesday, September 4 and here are a few reminders as you approach a stopped school bus.  In school bus related accidents, the majority of students are not injured or killed while riding the bus. 

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 Many students are struck by motorists, who fail to stop for the flashing red lights and extended stop arm.  Flashing amber lights are a warning that the bus is prepared to stop.  Flashing red lights and extended stop arm means that the bus is stopped to either load or unload students.  Drivers must stop at least 5 metres (17 feet) from the bus when they see these signals. Only on divided roadways is opposing traffic not required to stop. However, traffic behind the bus must stop.  Each year, many stop arm violations are reported to the police by the bus drivers. 

 Every incident represents an unsafe act, which could cause substantial injury, or even death, to a student, resulting in a hefty fine to the motorist.  By following these guidelines, the Southwest Horizon School Division, which includes students, parents, drivers and administration, should ensure the safe transportation of our students. 

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