Driving tips for back to school

HOUSTON - School will be back in session soon and whether you have a child in school or not, there are some driving tips you need to keep in mind.

  • Slow down in school zones and follow the posted school zone speed limit. It's not only the law, but it's to protect our children.
  • In the city of Houston, speeding in a school zone will run you at least $220 in fines.
  • What about the temptation to text and drive? According to police, you will be ticketed in a school zone for texting and driving where signs are posted.
  • If you must make a call, do so while stopped or use a hands-free device.
  • If lights are flashing on a school bus during loading or unloading, drivers must stop.
  • If there's a divided roadway, such as a median between you and the bus, it is legal to pass.

Alan Delaney, a manager of training and support for HISD, used to drive buses for the district. According to Delaney, parents should stress to their children the importance of listening to directions coming from the bus driver to stay safe.

"Always look, always listen. Always pay attention to what the driver says," Delaney said.

Remember, children are excited about going back to school and may dart out into the streets without thinking about the consequences. So it's a drivers responsibility to obey laws and use common sense.

"You don't want to make up time in a school zone. You need to slow down. Speeding is obviously a big issue in school zones," said Capt. Larry Baimbridge with the Houston Police Department. "If the lights are flashing, don't pass. If there's a divided roadway, a median between you, it is legal to pass."

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