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STOP for School Bus REDS

Hello parents,

We would like to remind all adults in our FES community of the importance of respecting school bus stop lights.

It has been reported to our SD20 schools, from the transportation department, that multiple times per week (in our district), a vehicle drives through the lights of a stopped school bus, jeopardizing the safety of the children living in our community.

A survey conducted by the Association of School Transportation Services in BC in 2006 and 2007 found that there are between 400 and 500 red light violations per school day in BC or 2000 to 2500 per week.

Any motorist knows a yellow traffic light means ‘slow down and prepare to stop’ and red means ‘stop’. School bus warning lights are the same. Flashing yellow lights mean CAUTION, the bus is slowing and preparing to stop. Flashing red lights mean STOP, school children are getting on or off.

We have asked our local media to report on this as well to ensure that the general public get the message.

Not respecting the “reds” on a school bus, have unfortunately been known to lead to tragedy.  Just last month, in the USA, 3 children all from the same family were struck by a vehicle and died when someone blew by the reds on a school bus.

Link to news story:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/3-children-struck-and-killed-by-truck-at-bus-stop-1.4157077

Thank you for helping to get the word out as we work together in the best interest of our wonderful kids.