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Police Urging Drivers To Stop For School Buses With Lights Flashing After Some Close Calls On Monck Road

KAWARTHA LAKES-As the mother of a disabled child, Serena Crego-Kelly is very concerned about her kids getting on the bus on Monck Road in the Kinmount Area.

“We as parents as well as our children are constantly traumatized by road warriors.  Sadly posted speed limits are ignored as well as stopped school bus vehicles blow fully stopped buses with flashing lights/stop sign visible.”

Crego-Kelly says there have been close calls with the buses but she is also concerned about excessive speeding in general on Monck Road.

“On Sunday’s these 2 Lamborghini’s go by early morning going about 160km/h in the 50. Authorities have been called numerous times but unfortunately never around when incidents arise. What will it take a fatality? Serious Accident?” she says.
Kawartha Lakes OPP says they have received a number of calls on this issue and are looking at doing some enforcement.

“We are looking into the possibility of setting up a directed patrol in that area.” Constable Laura Newberry told Kawartha 411 News. “We have received a number of complaints lately for that road and officers are aware.”

Crego-Kelly would like to see more signage indicating school bus crossing or stopping as well.

In the meantime, the OPP is reminding drivers to stop for a school bus when its upper alternating red lights are flashing. When driving without a median vehicles travelling in both directions are required to stop, when travelling with a median, only traffic travelling on the same side of the median is required to stop.

 

“We all must share the road safely with school buses and school kids, so reduce your speed and always keep a safe distance behind school buses and watch for pedestrians.” 

If you fail to stop you can be fined $400-$2000 and receive 6 demerit points with penalties increasing with subsequent occurrences. Did you know, that if someone else fails to stop in your vehicle, as the registered owner you can be fined?

 Report drivers who fail to stop by calling OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122 or 911 in an emergency. Try to take a photo of the vehicle, and get the licence plate, as well as a description of the vehicle and driver and direction of travel.          

“Let’s all do our part to keep our kids safe and ensure they have a great school year!” says Newberry.   

 

Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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