As summer break comes to an end for Central Texas students, so does the lighter traffic everyone has enjoyed the past couple of months. The rush hour in the morning and late afternoon will be filled with more cars on the roads as parents take their children back and forth from school. Last year, more than 660 car collisions occurred in Texas school zones with the most common causes being driver inattention, speed, and failure to yield.
It’s been a couple of months since the school zone driving routine, so here are our helpful reminders for back-to-school traffic.
Driving in School Zones
Use caution on your morning and afternoon commutes and pay attention to the flashing yellow lights for school zones. When driving in a school zone:
- Do not use your cell phone. Not only is it a distraction, it is against the law and violators can be fined up to $200.
- Watch your speed and slow down to the posted speed limit. In most school zones, it’s 20 mph, but if the school zone is on a faster route such as a highway, the speed may be higher.
- Keep an eye out for children at crosswalks in school zones.
- Don’t block a crosswalk. This makes pedestrians go around you and potentially putting them in traffic.
Pedestrians and Bicyclists in School Zones
In school zones, there is a heavier presence of pedestrians and bicyclists making their way to the school campus. If you are a pedestrian or bicyclist:
- Always watch for vehicles around you.
- Cross at an intersection or at designated crosswalks.
- Obey crossing guards and wait for instruction to cross a street.
Texas School Bus Traffic Law
Texas has more than 40,000 school buses on the road taking children to and from school. The thousands of buses travel rural roads to highways. According to the law, drivers traveling in either direction must stop when an approaching school bus stops and has flashing lights illuminated. The only instance where drivers do not stop is if there is a median—not a turn lane—or a physical barrier between traffic going in opposite directions then only the traffic going the same direction as the bus must stop.
The team of experts at ProCare Automotive and Collision want everyone to have a safe school year. We are here for all of your auto service and auto body repair needs and will help take the hassle out of car repairs. Contact us today and let our technicians give your vehicle the check-up it needs to ensure you have a safe commute to and from school this year.