A near incident this past week has the Kootenay Lake School District administration warning drivers to slow down and STOP, especially with winter driving conditions now in effect.
A student crossing the road was nearly hit by a vehicle that sped past a school bus, despite it having its stop sign and flashing red lights activated. BC drivers are required by law to come to a complete stop when approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing, however this rule is often ignored, putting students at extreme risk.
“I’m sure that each one of our bus drivers has their own story of witnessing motorists ignore the rules.” says Janet Wall, Manager of Operations with School District 8 Kootenay Lake. “Sadly, we are aware of the near misses and it is scary to think how quickly a tragedy could result.”
With winter driving conditions, it is even more imperative that drivers take extreme caution and abide by the rules. Poor visibility and slippery conditions create further driving challenges for everyone on the road, and school bus drivers are having to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of students on their way to and from schools.
“The safety of our students is paramount!” emphasizes Superintendent Dr. Christine Perkins, “We need everyone to use extreme caution in our school zones and everywhere for that matter, a child’s life may depend on it!”
SD8 school buses are equipped with video cameras and bus drivers are advised to record and report dangerous driving incidents and vehicle license plates to the police and/or RCMP.
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Janet Wall, Manager of Operations - School District 8 Kootenay Lake