Back to school time will soon be upon us and that means school buses will be back on track delivering our children and grandchildren to and from education facilities.
Historically, there is an increase in ‘fly-bys’ in September as school resumes. So please remember in September, and the other 11 months of the year, to follow the rules and keep our children safe!
If you pass a school bus that has its alternating amber lamps flashing, pass with caution and keep an eye out for children and adults who may be waiting for the red lamps to begin flashing.
When the school bus stops to let students on or off, its alternating red lamps will begin flashing and a stop sign will extend from the left side of the school bus. For both directions, you must come to a full stop about 20 meters (about four to five car lengths) away from the school bus.
On a highway divided by a median, when approaching a school bus from the rear follow the same procedures as you would for a highway that is not divided. When approaching from the front with amber or red lights flashing you may proceed with caution.
Remain stopped until the alternating flashing red lamps are turned off and the stop sign on the driver’s side is no longer extended. When proceeding, watch for children who might be playing near the drop off point.
In Alberta, failure to stop for red flashing lights will result in a $503.00 fine and 6 demerit points. Failure to remain stopped until the red flashing lights are turned off and the stop sign is no longer extended will result in a fine of $465.00 and 3 demerit points.