DPS discusses school zone safety as students prepare to return for a new school year

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The Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers that school is almost back in session and that means buses, as well as children , will be back on the roads. (Source: KGBT Photo)

The Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers that school is almost back in session and  that means buses, as well as children , will be back on the roads. 

DPS says drivers should be aware of their speed and to always pay attention to the speed limit,  which can vary depending on location. Residential areas, for example, have a speed limit of 20 miles per hour and school zones close to main roads have a speed limit close to 35 miles per hour. 

DPS  also reminds drivers that using a cell phone while driving is against the law. DPS Lt. Johnny Hernandez says a fine could cost as much as $200 and says that Troopers will be watching. 

“Don’t be surprised if you sometimes see a State Trooper riding inside the bus . We do an operation looking for those kinds of violations so we do that and we will be enforcing that traffic law because that is very important,” says Hernandez.

According to Hernandez, parents also need to teach their children how to properly and safely ride the bus and  how to cross the street when exiting the bus. 

DPS also reminds the public about speeding and  says if caught, it could be a hefty fine- the faster the speed, the higher the fine. 

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