The September long weekend is a wistful time of year, heralding the end of summer holidays and another school year about to begin.

Morden Police Chief Brad Neduzak says having school back in session will create a learning curve for motorists and students.

"There will obviously be an increase in the amount of traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians. We ask that you allow yourself some extra time to get to and from your destination, wherever that might be. Be aware of the pedestrian crosswalks and corridors, of course, and generally allow for the cyclists and pedestrians crossing at all intersections."

Neduzak reminds bicyclists to travel on roadways, in single file, in the same direction as vehicles, following the same rules as motorists. Younger children are allowed to ride their bikes on sidewalks. 

Crossing guards also play an important role in the safety of students.

"Each year we we get several complaints, unfortunately, of drivers failing to comply with the crossing guard signals, driving through the intersection while students are in the middle of crossing, or failing to stop at the stop signs and generally traveling at speeds in a manner that is definitely unsafe. So again, we ask that the motorists be extra cautious in in the schools zones and just help everybody in the community stay safe."

Neduzak encourages parents to talk with their children about best practices for getting to and from school safely, including how to use pedestrian crosswalks. 

One of the most visible reminders that students are going back to school is those big yellow buses. 

"Be aware of the school buses that are preparing to stop and let off students or pick up students. Motorists are required to stop when the emergency lights on school buses are activated, both following and approaching school buses. Drivers are to stop and remain stopped no less than 5 meters from the school bus when the lights are active, then remain stopped until the lights are shut off."

The fine for passing a stopped school bus is $672 plus demerit points. 

As an extra deterrent, Neduzak says that most buses are equipped with cameras.