By The Office of Alan Rosen
The temperatures might not indicate it yet, but fall is here.
These first few weeks of school have flown by and we are now into October.
Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen would like to remind you about the importance of remaining vigilant when driving around schools, whether they are in session or not.
School zones exist for a reason. They were not designed to be a hindrance to your daily activity. School zones, and the lower speed limit they require at certain times during the day, are meant to protect children and other pedestrians coming and going from schools. The maximum speed limits they require should be observed so that drivers have more time to react should a child dart out in front of a vehicle.
Violating a speed limit in a school zone is probable cause for a traffic ticket which can earn you a fine starting at $200.
Similarly, the laws that prevent drivers from using cell phones in school zones are in place to protect everyone in the area. Constable Rosen asks that you pay particular attention to your habits behind the wheel and wait to text, email or use social media until you are safely stopped somewhere off the roadway.
“We must train ourselves and make very clear to our children that cell phone use while driving can be dangerous, even deadly,” Constable Rosen said.
It’s also worth reminding readers of the importance of paying attention to school bus safety. Proceed with extreme caution near school busses.
If a bus has lights flashing yellow – prepare to stop.
If a bus has lights flashing red and you are behind the bus – you must STOP.
On a two-lane roadway – BOTH lanes of traffic must stop.
On a divided roadway without a median or barrier – BOTH directions of traffic must stop.
On a divided roadway with a median or barrier – only the traffic following the bus must stop.
You may only proceed when the lights on the bus are no longer flashing, you are signaled by the bus driver to proceed or the bus has resumed moving. Of course, always obey any crossing guard.
If you don’t obey this law you could face fines ranging from $500-$2,000.
Constable Rosen urges you to have a safe and successful year at school!