As the new school year kicks off, Cochrane drivers are being reminded to watch for an influx of kids returning to class this week. 

RCMP Cst. Clayton Gelinas said being aware and mindful of your surroundings is key before getting behind the wheel. 

"We want people to definitely pay attention to posted speed limits. We all kind of forget about school during the summer holidays and the posted speed limits are 30 km/h in school zones."   

Drivers must stop regardless of the direction they're travelling in when approaching a school bus with red flashing lights. 

Crossing guards have the right to stop traffic at crosswalks and drivers must wait until the crossing guard is no longer on the roadway before proceeding.

Gelinas said it's important parents talk to their kids about getting to school safely.  

"We need to make sure they are also following the rules of the road, so don't just dart out onto the crosswalk thinking everyone is going to see you. Don't cross in between vehicles, cross at those crosswalks and make sure they're also watching out for vehicles." 

Mounties will be stepping up enforcement over the next while. 

"RCMP and Cochrane Enforcement Services will be out in full force for the first couple of weeks to make sure everyone is reminded about the school zone speeds." 

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