Be aware of school buses

If you fail to stop for a school bus when you should, expect to receive a ticket for $167

School buses are running again and Clearwater RCMP remind drivers to obey the rules and be extra careful.

School buses are running again and Clearwater RCMP remind drivers to obey the rules and be extra careful.

Cpl. Bart Doerr, Clearwater RCMP Traffic Services

With the start of the new school year, I am certain that everyone has noticed an increase of school bus activity.

Many children, in and around our communities, ride the school bus to get them safely to and from school.

The RCMP is putting out a reminder that the motoring public please be cognizant of the school buses on the roads and the children getting on and off.

The rule is, when you see a school bus stopped on the road with its red lights flashing and stop sign extended, you must stop!

It does not matter which direction you are travelling in on that road, you must stop.

There are excited children getting on and off these school buses and they may not be paying attention to the traffic around them.

You, as the driver, must be paying attention. If you fail to stop for a school bus when it is stopped, with all its lights flashing and its stop sign extended, you will expect to receive a violation ticket for $167.

We are alerting the motoring public to be aware that the RCMP will be watching out for these infractions.

If you want a warning, this is it! You will get a ticket if we catch you.

If the police are not around at the time a driver may not stop, then we are encouraging the public to call these drivers in and to get a licence plate if possible.

We want all drivers to slow down and be cautious of all rules of the road. Please be alert and be aware. Our children’s safety depends on it.