- As summer winds down, students will soon be walking and riding bicycles to school.
- TxDOT reminds motorists to remain alert and exercise caution when driving through school zones this season.
- In 2014, 663 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Texas school zones.
- August and September are times of particular concern as motorists adjust to school being back in session.
- In 2014, these months alone saw 107 crashes in school zones.
- The most common factors contributing to these crashes were driver inattention, failure to control speed and failure to yield right-of-way.
- These simple tips can help drivers avoid costly fines and tickets while keeping Texas children safe as they make their way to school.
Tips for Driving in School Zones
- Turn off your cell phone. The use of cell phones is not permitted in active school zones.
- Violators face fines up to $200 in school zones where signs are posted.
- Slow down and obey school zone speed limit signs. Traffic fines usually double in school zones.
- Always come to a complete stop at stop signs. Check for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
Tips for Children Walking or Biking to School
- Whenever possible, stay on sidewalks and use marked crosswalks.
- When crossing streets, make eye contact with drivers and then look left, right and left again before proceeding.
- Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars and never run into the street.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
Tips for Sharing the Road with School Buses
- Always stop for flashing red lights on a school bus, regardless of which direction you’re headed, unless you’re on the other side of a divided highway.
- Be prepared to stop at all railroad crossings if you are behind a school bus.
Watch for children who might run across the street as they get on or off the bus.