The RCMP are reminding drivers that passing a stopped school bus in a rural location could lead to a $543 ticket.
Simply put, it's a safety issue for students.
"If they have their stop sign and alternating red flashing lamps activated, vehicles in both directions have to come to a complete stop until the sign and lights are shut off,” said Morinville RCMP Constable Amanda Foster.
The fine applies to motorists across Alberta. Dangerous driving habits in school zones continue to be a key focus for local authorities.
"We have seen a number of violators in and around Morinville. So we're trying to encourage people to be very mindful, especially with the kids getting off, they don't always pay attention to their surroundings," added Foster.
This applies to rural areas in Sturgeon County and Strathcona County.
Some municipalities do not require school buses to use their alternating flashing lights when stopping (Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park). In this case, drivers do not need to stop but should still be cautious and watch for pedestrians when the buses are loading or unloading students.
Speeding through a school zone starts with a $78 ticket plus demerits, while failing to yield to a pedestrian can lead to a $776 fine.