Drivers play a key role in back-to-school safety. Be alert and extra cautious in and around school zones and playgrounds as well as near school buses.

Young students should remember these safety tips:

  • If you can't see the driver, the driver can't see you either.
  • Be alert at intersections and always look for danger when crossing the street.
  • Arrive early at your bus stop and stand back on the sidewalk until the bus stops.

Back to school facts

  • Nearly 50 per cent of the drivers involved in collisions with school buses committed an error. The most common error was following too closely (2015/16 school year).
  • School buses in Alberta travel an estimated 450,000 kilometres a day – that’s more than 10 times around the earth!
  • The penalty for failing to stop for a school bus with its flashing red lights activated is $543 and six demerit points.
  • During the 2015-2016 school year, over 77 per cent of casualty collisions and about 95 per cent of property damage collisions involving a school bus occurred in urban areas.
  • An average of 230 children under the age of 15 are injured as pedestrians or cyclists each year between 2012 and 2016.

Learn more about school bus regulations.

Read more information about school bus safety.