Drivers cautioned about school zones

A steady stream of morning traffic circulates through Victoria East High School.

With Victoria school district starting classes Thursday, drivers are reminded to be aware of school zones.

David Brogger, a spokesman for the Victoria Police Department, said there will be additional patrol officers to assist with school zone traffic this week.

“We will have some more patrol officers for the first two weeks or so of the school year. Our patrol officers have already begun school zone patrolling this week for the start of private schools,” Brogger said.

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School zones will be active in the morning from 7:30-8:30 a.m., according to a Victoria Police Department news release. Elementary schools begin at 8 a.m.; middle school begins at 8:15; and high school begins at 7:45 a.m. for VISD. After-school street zones vary between 3-4 p.m. for elementary schools and 3:20-4:20 p.m. for middle schools.

Drivers should also be mindful of school buses, Brogger said. The police department has a new campaign called “Lights On, Lamps On,” that asks drivers to turn on their vehicle hazard lights when they see a school bus with lights flashing and the stop sign out.

By turning on vehicle hazard lights, other drivers will know that there is a school bus and children nearby.

“Though the campaign isn’t a law, it is to help drivers be more aware of school buses and children getting on or off the bus,” Brogger said.

Amber Aldaco reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at aaldaco@vicad.com or 361-580-6303.

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Amber Aldaco is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She's covered various events in the Crossroads including a zoo rescue, a biker funeral and a state meeting with the governor. She enjoys singing with her significant other.

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