Police remind motorists to watch for school buses and keep children safe.

School bus crossing arm retracted against the side.(Orillia) The wheels on the school buses will be going ’round and round as kids return to class on Tuesday.

Motorists may also need some instructional time on the rules regarding school buses.

OPP Sgt. Peter Leon says drivers approaching the front of a school bus must stop at a safe distance to let the children either get on the bus or get off the bus in order to cross the road.

Motorists coming from behind the school bus should be stopping at least 20 meters away and must not move until the bus begins to move, the lights have stopped flashing and the crossing arm has come in.

For drivers who pass a school bus when the lights are flashing, the first offence is a fine of between $400 and $2,000 and six demerit points.

A second offence within five years, the fine is $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points and a possible jail sentence of up to six months.

Leon is also urging driver to pay extra attention in school safety zones where there is a lot of activity in and out of schools, such as parents dropping off students, school buses coming and going, as well as students that are walking.

Source: Bayshore Broadcasting