Children who attend Alice ISD are going to bed earlier, parents have clothes ready and backpacks are filled with new school supplies as students are headed back to the classroom.
On Tuesday, parents will drop off their children at the designated campus and drivers will start to see more buses in the neighborhoods and the yellow flashing lights will caution drivers of school zones in the attempt to slow drivers down.
Those flashing yellow lights blink twice a day, once in the morning and again in mid-afternoon, to warn drivers to slow down according to the school zone speed limit, which vary according to the schools' location. The yellow caution lights should give drivers plenty of time to hit the brakes for students and parents crossing the street leaving or arriving at school.
Each of the local schools have at least one school zone for students' safety. Some private schools, such as St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Catholic schools, have been in session.
Most schools have crossing guards to help the little ones get to school safely.
Alice police officials said it's important to pay attention to the school crossing guards' commands and watch for wandering children.
It's also important to stop for school buses loading or unloading children. Never drive around a school bus that has stopped. Stop for flashing red lights on a bus.
According to the National Safety Council, teen car crashes spike in September when they are driving to and from school. Drivers young and old need to be vigilant because child pedestrians can be very unpredictable. They’re easily distracted and can often run into traffic or out from behind parked cars. Looking out for children rather than expecting them to look out for us is our best defense as drivers.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), violations can lead to a $1,000 fine.
APD officials suggest that parents leave home a little early tomorrow to account for the chaos of the first week of public school at Alice ISD.
Other tips for school safety:
Put cells phones away- cell phones should not be used in school zones Obey school zone speed limit signs Be alert and watch for children 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 alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school Distracted driving is always dangerous, but it is especially dangerous in and around school zones. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, crashes in school zones are most commonly due to driver inattention, failure to control speed, and failure to yield the right-of-way at stop signs. As responsible drivers, we need to put down the phone and pay attention in school zones.
Officers will be concentrating on school areas in the morning and after school.
Drivers can expect hefty monetary consequences for failing to follow the laws in a school zone, including talking or using a cell phone in the school zone.
Police could even arrest drivers for reckless driving, if you are operating a vehicle with disregard for the safety of people and or their property.
The goal of everyone should be to get kids to and from school safely.