DRIVERS in Canada have been warned they could face fines of up to $5,000 if they illegally pass a school bus.
But police have warned that the punishment doesn’t stop there, as road users risk being hit with penalty points on their license and being banned from driving for a period of time.
The raid comes as the students enteredEdward Island returns to classrooms after summer break.
As CBC reported, police officers warned that drivers should not attempt to pass a school bus if the vehicle’s lights are flashing.
Drivers must stop six meters from the front or back of the bus if they notice flashing lights.
Road users face a hefty fine of between 1,000 and 5,000 Canadian dollars.
They will be hit with 12 points on their driving license, meaning they could face a three-month ban from the roads.
Police officers in the Canadian province have urged drivers who notice other road users breaking the rules to come forward.
Jamie Parsons of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said drivers should write down as many details as possible about the alleged crime.
This includes the car’s license plate number, the time of day of the alleged violation and the description of the driver.
Officials in Canada and the United States are cracking down on drivers who don’t follow the law on school buses.
According to The New York Association for Pupil Transportation, motorists in New York could be fined between $250 and $400 for a first-time violation.
For additional violations, fines could rise to up to $750.
On Long Island, drivers who illegally pass school buses could be fined $300.
The policy has come under criticism, but officials have stressed it is not a “money grab.”
The US Sun reported that drivers in Colorado could be fined $1,000 if caught illegally overtaking a school bus.