Slow down and put cellphones away; South Simcoe Police urge as kids head back to school

will be deploying all available police officers to ensure the school year begins safely. 

It’s the department’s ‘All Hands On Deck’ back-to-school safety campaign. Students are back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Residents can expect to see increased police presence in school zones in Bradford and Innisfil from that day until Friday, Sept. 17, police said. 

Police will be enforcing driver, cyclist and pedestrian safety. 

Drivers are urged to slow down and put their cellphones away, police said.

“Be extra vigilant as children will adjusting to new schedules, wearing masks and practising physical distancing while walking to school and at bus stops,” police said. 

The fine for failing to stop for a school bus with flashing lights and extended stop arm is $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first offence.

If convicted of distracted driving, drivers could be fined up to $1,000.

The fine for speeding in school zones is $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk with their children about safety. 

Give yourself extra time to avoid rushing and reduce the stress of the return to regular routines.