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Last month, millions of Texas children returned to school. As drivers, we are all reminded to be extra cautious in school zones as they become more active. We also must be aware of the school buses on the road and remind ourselves of back-to-school safety protocols. 

Following these simple tips can help Texas children reach school safely and help drivers avoid costly fines and tickets.

Tips for Driving in School Zones

  • Put away your cell phone. Cell phone use is banned in active school zones, and violators face fines ranging from $200-$500 in school zones where signs are posted.
  • Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Remember, traffic fines usually double in school zones.
  • Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas, not the middle of the street.
  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
  • Be on the alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.

Texas School Bus Law

  • Stop when you see flashing red lights on a school bus, regardless of which direction you’re headed.
  • Continue your trip once the bus has moved, the flashing lights stop flashing, or the bus driver signals that it’s okay to pass (violations can lead to a $1,000 fine).

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Obey the posted speed limit (fines can double in school zones).
  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
  • Watch for children who might dart across the street to catch the bus.

Nick Rios
Manager of Security Operations
St. David’s Medical Center

Sources:
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/signs/tmutcd.html
https://www.dps.texas.gov/schoolbus/
https://www.austinisd.org/transportation/safety-tips

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