The OPP is asking drivers to do their part when it comes to school bus safety. The OPP says it’s not uncommon to get reports of people failing to to stop for school buses once flashing lights are activated. Drivers who don’t stop or attempt to go around school buses are risking lives, according to police.

The OPP asks drivers to leave a safe distance between your vehicle and the bus. Once the red lights have stopped flashing, the STOP arm folds away and the bus begins to move, it’s safe to continue driving. Registered owners can be charged if their vehicle passes a school bus that’s stopped.

Failing to stop for a bus comes with a $400 to $2,000 fine and six demerit points for a first offence. Each subsequent offence comes with a fine of between $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points and possible imprisonment up to six months.

Written by: Jennifer Westendorp