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(Posted 7:30 a.m., March 6)
City to crackdown on school bus running through 'I Stop, You Stop' campaign

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The City of Ottawa is launching a campaign to nab school bus runners in the latest action to stop drivers from ignoring school bus crossing arms and flashing lights.

Safer Roads Ottawa .launched their "I Stop, You Stop" campaign at Maple Ridge Elementary School on Wednesday with the help of a group of enthusiastic students.

As part of the campaign three feet by six feet road signs will be installed at six different school bus stops in Orléans including Champlain and Jeanne d'Arc Blvd., Charlemagne and Tenth Line Road, and Brian Coburn Way,and Portobello Blvd. They will later be replaced with larger, permanent signs.

The Ottawa Police Service will also be deploying unmarked units to ensure that drivers are obeying the signs and the law. Driving past a school bus with its crossing arm deployed and its flashing lights on will result in a $400 fine and the loss of six demerit points.

The growing concern with school bus running was first brought to light in an article published on OrleansOnline.ca in early December. The article was picked up by several media outlets including the Ottawa Citizen and CJOH.

Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais has been at the forefront in pushing for a crackdown on school bus running and raising public awareness about the dangerous practices which puts the safety of students at risk.

"Really this is a way to remind people that it's important to stop for stop signs, because if you don't, the police are watching and the fines are pretty big and you could be putting the life of a child at risk," he said. "It's simply not worth it."

The official launch of the campaign came just minutes after another near miss near Maple Ridge.

"A vehicle came and it continued through all our warning signals and stop sign and everything else," said bus driver-in-training Andrew Kissman, who was en route to Maple Ridge Elementary. "You never know, there could have been another student waiting to cross, or whatever, or the timing could have been slightly different."

The owner of Navan-based school bus operator M.L. Bradley Inc. says school bus running is quickly becoming an epidemic especially in the east end.

"We've trained our drivers to train their kids to wait for a signal to cross, but you have no control over the drivers that are coming from a fair distance away, and aren't paying attention," explains Kathleen Both, while noting there has been at least a half dozen near misses during the current school year.

Both is hopeful the "I Stop, You Stop" campaign will have an impact on area drivers.

"I think any awareness that you can do that improves the safety of the children on a school bus is worth it," she says.

Blais is pushing to have traffic cameras installed on school bus crossing arms by next fall with the goal of catching school bus runners red-handed.

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

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