Remember to Drive Carefully in Texas School Zones

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 30-Aug-2012

Summer is coming to a close, and many students are getting ready to head back to school. Morning and afternoon traffic increases as students are shuttled to and from school in school buses or other vehicles. Even in the summer, school zone restrictions should be observed by motorists, but it is especially important for drivers to pay attention to school zone speed limits this time of year.

Speeding is one of the most common and risky behaviors drivers can engage in around schools. One Texas police chief reported that most speeding issues occur in areas where schools are near major roadways. Although speeding in school zones is the primary concern, other issues include drivers passing school buses, not yielding to children who are walking and parking violations.

On top of jeopardizing the safety of children, speeding in a school zone can result in a $100 to $200 fine in Texas. Police officers have already handed out a number of tickets to violators.

Besides slowing down in school zones, motorists should also avoid distracted driving. Across Texas, drivers are banned from using handheld electronic devices in school crossing zones. School bus operators are also prohibited from driving and using their cell phones if children are present. Certain areas like Amarillo and El Paso ban drivers from using cell phones throughout school zones.

Regardless of whether a ban is in place or not, drivers should make a point to put down their phone and focus on the road everywhere, but particularly in school zones where the lives of children are at stake.

Source: KFox14, “EPISD Police: School zone traffic violators be aware,” Ruben Veloz, August 29, 2012

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