FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are reminding residents that schools are back in session and with that comes the resumption of school zones and busier roads.

The fine for speeding within a school zone is higher than regular speeding fines. Speeding less than 21 km/h over the limit starts at a fine of $196 and three demerit points, travelling between 21 to 40 km/h jumps the fine to $253.

When it comes to school buses, if their red flashing lights and Stop arm are extended, this is the same as a stop sign. The flashing lights signal that students are getting on or off the bus. The fine for passing a school bus with lights flashing is $368 and three demerit points.

RCMP are also reminding all “N” drivers at North Peace Secondary School that the “N” must be displayed as part of the restrictions of the driver’s license. As an “N” driver, only one other passenger is allowed to be in the vehicle, meaning a full car will result in a $109 violation ticket.

With the new school year beginning, additional police will be patrolling school zones in the area.