Reds flashing? No passing!

With the start of a new school year, school buses are back on area roads. We all have an important role to play in ensuring the safety of our students. Please remember these important traffic rules from Alberta Transportation regarding school buses:

On an undivided roadway:

  • When you approach a school bus from either direction (from the front or the rear), and it has the alternating amber lights flashing, you must be ready to stop. This is a warning that the alternating red lights are going to begin flashing and the school bus is stopping to allow students to get on or off. 
  • If you pass a school bus that has its alternating amber lights flashing, pass with caution.
  • When the school bus stops to let students on or off, its alternating red lights will begin flashing. You will also see a stop sign extended from the left side of the school bus. You must come to a full stop about 20 metres (about four to five car lengths) away from the school bus. This distance allows drivers of other vehicles behind you to see the flashing lights and students crossing the highway.
  • You must remain stopped until the alternating flashing red lights are turned off and the stop sign on the driver’s side is no longer extended.