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RCMP remind motorists of school bus safety following Rankin Inlet complaints

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Students must wear face masks before boarding, during the ride and while disembarking, said Yellowknife Education District No. 1 in a news release on Tuesday. file photo

Following multiple complaints from the the community’s school bus provider, the Rankin Inlet RCMP is advising motorists that they must stop for schools buses while the flashing red lights are activated.

Drivers are legally required to stop for school buses that have lights flashing and a stop sign extended. Pixabay photo

Drivers are required to stop in both directions and ensure that children have exited or boarded the school bus and the flashing light and sign have been turned off prior to proceeding, according to the Mounties. 

Failing to stop for a school bus can result in a $115 fine.

“Please be cautious when driving near schools zones and buses. The safety of all our students across the territory is the responsibility of all drivers,” says RCMP Sgt. Earl LeBlanc, commander of the Rankin Inlet RCMP Detachment.