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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Jan. 10)
School zone safety blitz nets 211 tickets in two days

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Local traffic enforcement officers have been kept busy over the past two days, handing out 211 tickets for moving violations in area school zones including one charge for passing a school bus while its flashing lights were on.

School bus running has been occuring at an alarming rate over the past few months, as brought to light in a recent article on OrleansOnline.

One of the worst locations in Orléans has been at the corner of Charlemagne Blvd. and Valade Crescent. Within minutes of an unmarked police car setting up near the corner on Thursday morning, a 19-year-old motorist drove past a school bus that had it's safety bar extended and its flashing lights on.

The driver was traveling in the opposite direction of the four lane road and tried to use that as an excuse for their failure to stop, however, the law clearly states that traffic must stop in both directions unless the lanes are separated by a median.

For her transgression the female motorist received a $490 fine and six demerit points. Over two hundred other tickets were handed out to drivers for speeding in school zones along Valin Street, Princess Louise Drive, Merkley Drive and Gardenway Drive, as well as several other locations. The fastest driver was caught traveling 41 km/h over the speed limit.

The safety blitz was initiated after several articles appeared in the local media drawing attention to the issue of school bus running in Orléans.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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