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.
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.
“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.