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Road safety campaign kicks off as Ontario students head back to school

Police departments across the Greater Toronto Area are reminding pedestrians and motorists to be vigilant crossing the street and in school zones.
Police departments across the Greater Toronto Area are reminding pedestrians and motorists to be vigilant crossing the street and in school zones. David Tulis / AP Photo

TORONTO – Police departments across the Greater Toronto Area are reminding pedestrians and motorists to be vigilant crossing the street and in school zones as thousands of students head back to class this week.

Special attention will be paid to distracted drivers with a new set fine of $490 and three demerit points.

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Meanwhile, drivers who fail to stop for a school bus with flashers activated will face a minimum $400 fine and six demerit points for a first offence.

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According to Toronto police, officers and parking enforcement officers will be paying special attention to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians who commit offences in the vicinity of school zones, including offences related to pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks, intersections and high-risk mid-block crossing.

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Police will also be targeted aggressive driving offences, prohibited turns, along with “No Stopping” and “No Parking” restrictions within school zones.