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Resolution 11-01S

School Bus Strobe Lights

January 1, 2001
Expiry Date:
March 31, 2004
Active Status:
Vote Results:

WHEREAS presently within the province some private bus contractors use a strobe light when they are operating their school buses for safety reasons; AND WHEREAS the inconsistent use of a strobe light is confusing to the general traveling public;AND WHEREAS the use of a strobe light provides additional safety warning in fog, snow storms and other inclement weather;AND WHEREAS there needs to be an accepted standard for use of the strobe light for school buses in the province of Alberta;

Operative Clause:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties urge the Government of Alberta to establish a regulation requiring the mandatory placement and use of a strobe light on all school buses.

Member Background:

Seasonal weather conditions are a problem when combined with larger industrial vehicles on our highways and rural roads. The present lighting systems on school buses when activated, are not shining far enough, for the distance larger industrial vehicles require in order to stop. Strobe lighting is more visible in inclement weather. Peace River School Division supports this initiative to add strobe lighting to all school buses as an additional safety factor in protecting our children. Some buses are already equipped with the strobe lights, which we feel is a great improvement on safety. We would like to see this practice standardized on all buses for the protection of the driving public and our children. The province needs to establish a standard to regulate strobe lights related to colour, the number of strobe lights, location and when these lights should be activated

RMA Background:

The AAMDC has no resolutions currently in effect with respect to this issue.

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