New Milford Police Chief Spencer Cerruto is reminding residents about pedestrian and school bus safety ahead of students returning to school this week.

He said officers will be sent out to watch for school bus violations and those who do not follow the law are subject to a $470 fine. Motorists must stop on both sides of the road when a bus has flashing red lights.

“I want to see everyone have a safe start to the school year,” Cerruto said. “Our goal is the continued safety of our children.”

This means everyone should take extra caution because buses will be making frequent stops and there will be more pedestrians as students go to their schools and bus stops. He also asked parents speak with their children about traffic safety and crossing the street.

Mayor Pete Bass also issued a reminder before the first day of school on Tuesday.

“Safety of our students getting on or off the bus is a priority,” Bass said. “Please obey the rules and stop for the flashing red lights or face a fine.”