As hundreds of yellow school buses take to city streets Tuesday morning, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, and the Ottawa Catholic School Board, are calling on everyone, students and drivers alike, to be extra cautious as a new school year begins.
The school boards are reminding drivers to slow down in school zones and watch out for kids crossing the street, as they sometimes don't notice oncoming traffic, and to obey school bus signals.
Students are reminded to stick to the sidewalks whenever possible, to look both ways for traffic, and to cross the street at intersections only when it's safe to do so. They say to follow adult crossing guards, student crossing patrols, and school bus operator's signals.
The OCDSB says more than 72,000 students return to classes Tuesday, at 147 area schools. More than 38,000 kids return to classes at 82 OCSB schools.
Police are reminding you to be on the lookout for school bus passengers as well. The law requires drivers to stop for school buses when they`re loading or unloading passengers.
Failing to stop for a school bus carries a fine of up to two-thousand dollars and six demerit points for a first offence.
With files from The Canadian Press