They’re back: Simcoe County drivers reminded to keep an eye out for big yellow school buses

Those big yellow school buses will be back on our roads on Sept. 7 — a sight that hasn’t been seen for some time.

Police services and bus drivers in Simcoe County are reminding motorists to be patient and follow the rules of the road.

“We would like to remind all drivers that a large number of students are back to school after a very lengthy period of time away,” OPP Const. Dave Hobson said. “Drivers should adjust their speed and be aware of extra vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic during school times, especially in school areas and zones.”

Drivers should:

• Focus 100 per cent of their attention on the road and put away unnecessary distractions.

• Slow down in school zones and respect the posted speed limit. There will be a high volume of students travelling between home and school by bus, on foot and by bicycle.

• Be aware of school buses with their flashing lights activated. The fine for passing a school bus with its lights activated is $490, at minimum, and six demerit points.

The top pet peeves for school bus drivers are motorists who continue to pass a bus when it stops to pick up or drop off students, tailgaters and drivers who cut the bus off while making turns.