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OPP reminding drivers to brush up on school bus rules

Back to school time is coming up faster than you think and Ontario Provincial Police are reminding drivers they've got to start watching for kids heading back to school on foot and by bus.

The OPP are planning to have extra patrols out for the first few weeks of school to help drivers remember to play by the rules.

"When the bus is stopped and the red lights are activated a motorist will, whether behind or in front, will stop immediately as children may be crossing the road or getting on the bus," said OPP constable Joel Doiron.

He said they have to remind drivers to be cautious every fall. Some drivers don't realize they have to stop both when they're approaching a bus from behind and when they're in the oncoming lane wherever there is no boulevard separating lanes of traffic.

Doiron said the OPP be sending out extra patrol cars along bus routes and in school zones to make sure drivers obey the speed limits and stop properly for school buses.

Ottawa Police also do a back to school blitz every year.

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