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Do you know what rules to follow to keep students safe? Here are three.

1) Buses have priority

If a school bus has turned on its flashing red lights and has extended its stop-sign, you must stop at least 5 meters behind the bus.

If you’re approaching a school bus with flashing lights from the front, you must also respect this rule. However, if there is a physical separation between opposing lanes of traffic, you can continue without stopping.

Failing to respect the 5-meter stopping distance can net you a fine of $200-$300 and the loss of 9 demerit points.

Cyclists must also stop behind school buses. Failing to do so can result in a fine of $80-100.

2) Crossing guards are in charge

Where crossing guards are present, their orders are more important than any other traffic signs or lights.

This means that you must stop when a crossing guard tells you to stop to allow children to cross the road. This applies even if you have a green light.

Failure to obey a crossing guard can result in a $200-$400 ticket and the loss of 4 demerit points.

3) Watch your speed

Most cities have rules about how fast you can go, usually a maximum of 50km/h. In school zones, speed limits are often lower, usually 30km/h. Pay close attention to traffic signs and follow them.

Fines and demerit points for speeding depend on how fast above the speed limit you were travelling. For example, if you drive 60km/h in a 30 km/h zone, you could be fined $90 and lose 2 demerit points.

Fines for speeding are doubled in school zones during the times indicated on school zone traffic signs.