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Change by law 9900 and Regina Saskatchewan

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Petition to let school bus use stop lights

The city of Regina bylaw number 9900 sub section 28 refers to school bus safety lights; No person shall activate the safety lights or stop sign on a school bus when loading or unloading passengers. With the increase in population in the city and the number of drivers on our roadways this has increased the risk of children being hurt and also increased the number of near misses with motor vehicles due to school buses not being able to use their safety lights. In the SGI handbook for drivers it states vehicles must stop 5 meters back when stop arm is engaged and lights are flashing on a school bus. Due to this bylaw in the city of Regina school buses are forced to use their hazards when dropping children off at their bus stops. For many drivers this can be confusing as school buses are not aloud to use their safety lights within city limits. Motor vehicles end up driving passed the stopped school buses and are not using caution while doing so. This has resulted in a number of near misses with vehicles versus pedestrians (children, grandchildren, cousins, friends, brothers, sister, etc.). School Bus Stop Arm or Signal Yellow school buses are equipped with a stop arm/signal or a flashing safety light. However according to Traffic Bylaw No. 9900, bus drivers cannot use them within City limits for the following reasons:

o Allowing children to jaywalk from behind a bus contradicts what students are learning about traffic safety (i.e., to cross at the corner and not to cross the street from between parked cars). o Children may rely on stop arms instead of other measures to cross the street, like school patrols, half signals, pedestrian corridors, and painted crosswalks. o Children may develop false confidence that all drivers will stop when the stop arm is activated; however, some drivers may not stop when the arm is down.

o Drivers may not see the stop arm/signal or flashing light in a busy and chaotic urban setting (unlike a rural setting where there are less distractions and vehicles.) When dropping off your children, take the extra time to drop them off on the sidewalk nearest their school so they don’t have to cross the street. If that’s not possible, you should drop your children off near an intersection so they can cross safely at a location where motorists expect pedestrians to cross. Traffic Bylaw No. 9900 Bylaw related to traffic The Traffic Bylaw No. 9900 was established to regulate the use of streets and activities on them in order to maintain traffic flow and ensure the safety of all people travelling within our city. Overview: o Traffic signage and routes (one-way street, bus lanes, etc.)

o Moving violations (u-turns, school bus safety lights, etc.) o Parking and stopping (metered parking, engine running, etc.) o Parking permits (resident parking permit, parking permits for persons with disabilities, etc.) o Restricted use of roadways (repair of vehicle, temporary street use permit, etc.) o Restricted vehicles (vehicle licensing, pedestrian malls, etc.) o Enforcement (penalty, seizure and sale of vehicles for unpaid fines, etc.) Consequences: There are fines in place for individuals and/or corporations who do not comply to the regulations within the bylaw. Fines can reach up to $5,000.

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