Back to School Safety Enforcement Campaign Results in More than 100 Charges within School Areas

Stop sign on side of school bus

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  The Waterloo Regional Police Service laid a total of 101 charges during the Back to School Safety Enforcement Campaign, which targeted motorists speeding, failing to for stop signs and school buses, distracted driving as well as bicycle violations within school areas.

The campaign, which ran from September 3, 2019 to September 6, 2019, was a joint effort between our Traffic Services Unit as well as Front Line Patrol Officers. Over the course of four days, speeding was the most common offence. We would like to remind motorists to be mindful of reduced speeds in school zones; watch for crossing guards assisting pedestrians and stop in both directions for school buses when overhead red warning signals and a flashing stop sign are engaged. Drivers who fail to stop for a school bus or crossing guard may face a fine of $490 and 6 demerit point upon conviction.  

“While the campaign is over, our commitment to road safety is not, and we will continue to target speeding and other dangerous driving behaviours that make our roads less safe for everyone.” said Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin.

In total, the Waterloo Regional Police Service laid the following charges during the Back to School Safety Enforcement Campaign:

  • Speeding Charges: 56
  • Fail to stop for Stop Sign: 9
  • Distracted Driving Charges (Handheld Device): 1
  • Bicycle Violation: 0
  • Fail to Stop for School Bus: 4
  • Total Charges (other violations included): 101

Some of the other violations include one impaired driver who drove through a school zone. Others charges include: fail to wear seatbelt, drive while under suspension, drive no licence, drive no valid permit, and fail to surrender insurance card.

The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to remind all motorists that road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please slow down and drive responsibly.

Media Inquiries

Constable Ashley Dietrich
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8285
ashley.dietrich@wrps.on.ca

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