The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reminds drivers to use extra caution in-and-around school zones and neighborhoods as we enter the new school year. DPS offers these tips for back-to-school safety:


  • Give students extra room and don’t assume they are paying attention to your vehicle. Students are often distracted by mobile devices and may not be paying attention to their surroundings.
  • Don’t block a crosswalk when stopped at a red light or stop sign.
  • Follow the directions of school crossing guards.
  • Watch for children on bicycles traveling to and from schools.
  • Reduce your speed when you spot a school bus and know children may unexpectedly step into the road without checking for oncoming traffic.
  • Be careful around railroad crossings. School buses are legally required to stop at them.
  • According to Texas law, if a bus has alternating flashing red signals visible from the front or rear, drivers MUST stop before reaching the bus.
  • Drivers who illegally pass a school bus face fines of up to $1,250 for the first offense.
  • Always obey speed limits and traffic laws in school zones.
  • Remember that texting while driving is illegal in Texas.
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