Making sure the wheels on the bus go round
For the month of September, transport officers are helping ensure children get to school safely by inspecting hundreds of school buses. They are examining safety essentials, including steering, brakes, seats, exhaust systems, emergency exits, tires and lighting.
School bus inspections are a special priority for transport officers in September because it’s the back-to-school season. Transport officers can issue traffic tickets for equipment defects, or they can issue a more serious out-of-service violation. Out-of-service means that repairs must be made before the vehicle is allowed to continue. With children’s safety paramount all year long, not just in September, inspections are also conducted at regular intervals throughout the school year.
As usual, the rest of us drivers can also help keep children safe. Use caution when driving through residential areas, obey the speed limits in school and playground zones, and stop when a school bus turns on its alternating flashing red lights.
So, as the leaves begin to fall and Alberta’s summer drifts away for another year, road safety remains a priority for Justice and Solicitor General and its road safety partners. During the rest of the month and throughout the year, our transport officers will continue to go the extra mile, ensuring children get to school safely.