TORONTO – Toronto police are out patrolling the streets Tuesday as children and teachers return to school, reminding drivers to be aware of the increase in pedestrians and vehicle traffic.
Police said they are targeting drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in school zones, looking for bad behaviour in pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks and intersections.
They’re also looking for driving offences, prohibited turns and distracted driving, as well as enforcing no stopping and no parking zones in school areas.
Failing to stop, in either direction, for a school bus with its lights flashing can result in a fine ranging from $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first offence. Failing to yield for a school bus indicating it wants to move into your lane could result in a $500 fine.
Police are also warning pedestrians against crossing mid-block.
The two-week safety campaign lasts until Sept. 13.
Back to school forecast
Toronto and GTA: Mainly cloudy this morning with a slight chance of a few light showers and a gusty northwest wind. Some clearing for the afternoon, high 21 C.
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