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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Multiple Police Agencies Ready for Back to School

Owen Sound | by Dave Carr  

In Owen Sound police are planning for things to get hectic

With students back in the class room local police are ready to clamp down on traffic violations, especially in school zones.

Both the West Grey Police Service and the Owen Sound Police Service are aiming to make this school year the safest on record.

West Grey Police Constable Cory Trainor warns drivers to slow down in school zones.

"We are going to be very strict with speeding this year, 1km over the limit is one too many," Trainor warns in an interview "there is no grey area in West Grey for the speed limit."

In Owen Sound police are planning for things to get hectic with the 10th Street Bridge Closing in early September.  

Constable Craig Peddle of the Owen Sound Police Service reminds drivers to take a breath and slow down in heavy traffic.

During an interview Peddle reminds drives to watch for stopped school buses saying "when the stop sign on the bus comes out and all the red lights are flashing all cars must stop and wait for the children and adults to finish crossing."

In Ontario the fine or passing a stopped school bus is a minimum $400 fine and 6 demerit points off a licence for the first offence.

Owen Sound also will see an influx of college students as classes begin at Georgian College.

Peddle reminds students of the importance of having a designated driver or calling a cab when students have consumed alcohol or cannabis.

He also encourages students to seek a ride when they are fatigued as well.

"Fatigue is often overlooked while driving," Peddle says "so when you're studying or cramming and need to drive make sure you are safe to do so."

Peddle says that the Owen Sound Police have been invited back to Georgian College by the dean this year to speak to the students and establish themselves as a resource that students can access within the community.

Both the Owen Sound Police and West Grey Police will be increasing the police presence in school zones to ensure all traffic laws are being followed.

Both police services wish every student a safe school year.

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