Ontario Provincial Police want you to drive safe this school year.

With the school year starting this week, the OPP have released driving stats related to distracted driving and buses. OPP say last year they investigated over 300 school bus related collisions. Police say that of those, 76 were related to some form of distracted driving. They say that this year there have been over 158 bus related collisions. In terms of inattentive driving, OPP say that out of the 24 pedestrian deaths in OPP areas, 7 were related in some way to distracted driving. The OPP say that inattentive driving played a roll in 55 road deaths in 2015

In 2018, the force says they laid 180 charges for drivers who failed to stop for a schoolbus. They remind drivers that passing a schoolbus with its sign out can net a fine of up to 2000 dollars and six demerit points.

The stats were released to coincide with a driving safety blitz that took place over the long weekend.