Nova Scotians are reminded to think safety first as schools open for another year. “About 130,000 students are returning to school this week so motorists, parents and students need to take extra care,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “By showing some care, using a little bit of common sense and respecting the rules of the road, we can make this a safe and enjoyable school year for everyone.” With many children walking to and from schools each day, motorists should drive with caution, and pay particular attention in school zones and at crosswalks. Motorists are also reminded of laws requiring drivers to stop in both directions if they come upon a school bus with flashing red lights. Drivers should come to a full stop and allow adequate room for a child to cross. Failure to do so can result in a $394 fine for a first offence. “We have an excellent safety record in Nova Scotia, thanks to our school bus drivers and our safety standards,” said Ms. More. “Motorists too must be vigilant at all times.” Parents are also urged to remind their children about the rules of safety. Children should know they must look both ways before crossing the street, always cross at a crosswalk, and obey crossing guards or pedestrian signals at traffic lights.