Victoria police enforce school zone violations

Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.

The Victoria Police Department will enforce school zone violations beginning this week, and it is asking parents to do their part, too.

The department is asking motorists to pay special attention when flashing yellow lights turn on and to follow the imposed speed limit in school zones, according to a news release from the Victoria Police Department.

This means staying off cellphones and watching for children who might run out into the roadway when unsafe.

State law already prohibits cellphone use while behind the wheel in active school zones. Effective Sept. 1, this law extends the ban to all school property, including parking lots and drop off lanes, according to the news release.

Violators face a fine of up to $200.

These laws do not apply to drivers who are stopped or drivers utilizing a hands-free device.

Also remember to watch out for flashing red lights on school buses. Motorists driving in both directions on a roadway where bus stop lights are flashing are required to stop so students can get off the bus and cross the street.

State lawmakers increased that penalty fine to between $500 to $1,250. The fines used to be anywhere from $200 to $1,000, according to the news release.

Traffic will likely back up in and around the schools as parents and students make adjustments during the first couple weeks. Plan to give yourself extra wait time and be patient.

West High School has high traffic nearby, so drop off your child inside the school parking lot, not near or along the roadway.



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