POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 27 Area police plan to step up traffic patrols as students head back to school New Glasgow – While dropping your child off at school next week don’t be surprised if you get a tap on your window by a man or woman in uniform. With the start of the school year comes an increase in the number of pedestrians and vehicles on the road You may notice over the next couple weeks an increase in police presence in and around schools. Extra police will be assigned to monitor school zones, handing out tickets to motorists who fail to yield to school buses and crosswalks. It is all part of the launch of New Glasgow Police Service’s Operation School Zone Safety. “The safety of students returning to school is our top priority this time of year,” says New Glasgow police officer Const. Ken MacDonald. “The public hasn’t seen a school bus in two months, so there is bound to be some violations.” In fact, a 2006 study by Nova Scotia Safety Council revealed 401 incidents where a motorist passed a bus illegally over a 10 day-period. “That’s a huge number,” says MacDonald. Under the Motor Vehicle Act, failing to stop for flashing red school bus has a first offence fine of $394.50, which increases to $682 for the second offence and $1,257 for the third and subsequent offenses. There’s a $279.50 fine for motorists found to exceed the 50 kilometer speed limit through a school zone. “The probability of an accident happening sharply increases with the start of the school,” says MacDonald. “So be on the lookout and pay closer attention when in areas populated by students.” By Sarah Regan The News Fast facts about back to school traffic Number of bus runs a day in Nova Scotia: . . . . . 4,447 Number of students transported daily: . . . . . . . . 95,969 Kilometers traveled daily: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163,348 (close to 30 million annually) Source – Nova Scotia Safety Council Const. Graham Purvis will be among officers assigned to monitor school zones next week, issuing tickets to motorists who fail to yield to school buses. As originally published August, 2008 THE CHARLOTTETOWN POLICE CHOIR PARTICIPATING IN THE CANADIAN POLICE ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD AT PARLIAMENT HILL IN OTTAWA