Back to School safety blitz underway in Niagara

Back to school-Vitalii Petrushenko

With some students returning to classrooms across Niagara today, police are out patrolling school zones across the region this morning.

Officers ranging from the Chief of Police to divisional detectives will be reassigned from their daily duties in order to participate in the 20th annual Back to School safe driving blitz.

Police say following a prolonged absence due to COVID-19 closures, there will be a marked change on the region’s roadways with school buses, pedestrians and vehicles back on roads around schools.

Officers will be paying close attention to school zones and their posted speed limits, child restraint systems, school bus safety, aggressive driving and distracted driving concerns.

In addition, the NRPS Traffic Enforcement Unit continues to partner with Niagara Student Transportation Services  in regards to video surveillance on school buses.

A stop arm violation, or failure to stop for a school bus when the red overhead flashing lights are on and the stop arm is deployed will be reported to the NRPS for further investigation.