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Extra Traffic Expected in Saint John As School Year Begins

Thu August 29, 2019

With a new school year about to begin, more vehicles, including school buses will return to city streets. The Saint John Police Force has a message for all drivers-- “When the Lights Are Flashing, Don’t Be Passing!”

“School bus drivers have a lot to concentrate on when behind the wheel,” says Head of the Traffic Division, Sergeant Mike McCaig. “Vehicles are given plenty of notice when a school bus is coming to a stop and it is vital traffic in both directions do so also,” adds McCaig.

“There is a lot of excitement and young people learning the patterns of using the school bus, some for the first time,” says Zoë Watson. The Superintendent for Anglophone South School District adds, “vehicles need to adhere to the red flashing lights and ensure school buses are given the proper time and space to allow students to get on and off of the vehicles safely,” adds Watson.

Saint John Police patrols will be handing out red flashing light awareness cards as the District and Public Safety take a new measure to ensure student safety. External cameras will be installed on buses to ensure vehicles adhere to the flashing red lights.

“This is a wonderful initiative and is sure to assist in the effort to promote school bus safety,” adds Sergeant McCaig.  “Keep in mind the number of students who walk to school and need you to be alert when approaching a crosswalk or intersection. It only takes one second to change several lives forever,” says McCaig.

In the 2018-19 school year, Saint John Police issued 4 violations for failure to stop for a school bus with flashing lights and 20 complaints to follow up on.  Every morning, 228 school buses transport approximately 18,000 students to schools across southern New Brunswick.

To speak more on this topic or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jim Hennessy
Manager of Communications/Public Information
Saint John Police Force


Jessica Hanlon
Director of Communications
Anglophone South School District
(506) 658-5373