Police reminds drivers of changes to school bus lighting system

Police reminds drivers of changes to school bus lighting system

Chatham-Kent police are reminding drivers of changes to the school bus lighting system that came into effect in July.

School buses made after January 2005 must now be equipped with amber and red flashing lights, police said in a media release. A small number of school buses manufactured before 2005 will continue to operate with an all-red light system.

“The purpose of the updated lighting system is to make it easier for all road users when school buses are slowing to stop,” police said. “These amber lights provide advance notice that the school bus is preparing to stop.”

Drivers who see a school bus with its upper amber lights activated should slow down and prepare to stop, police said.

“And as usual, vehicles approaching a school bus with its upper red lights and/or stop arm activated must come to a complete stop,” Police said. “Vehicles that are behind a school bus must stop at least 20 meters away.”

The one exception is for vehicles in the opposite lane on roads separated by a median strip, police said.

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