Ottawa, Ontario – Millions of students will be heading back to school shortly and motorists should study up on school bus safety, according to CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO).

Under Ontario law, motorists travelling in both directions must stop when approaching a school bus that has its upper red lights flashing.

For a first offense of failing to stop for a school bus, drivers face a fine of between $400 and $2,000, plus the loss of six demerit points. Each subsequent offence brings fines ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points, and the possibility of up to six months in jail.

Roadways in designated school zones have a speed limit of 40 km/h, and drivers who exceed it by 16 to 29 km/h can lose three demerit points and be fined. Those going 50 km/h over face a loss of six demerit points, a suspended licence and up to a $10,000 fine.

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