DPS Reminds Drivers to Help Keep Children Safe As New School Year Begins

AUSTIN – As we embark on the new school year, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) cautions Texans to watch for children who are walking to and from school or waiting for buses. Drivers should be especially alert and careful around school buses – which make frequent stops – and always follow traffic laws regarding school buses and school zones. The start of the school year also generates an increase in overall traffic in many areas – an additional reason to make safe driving a priority.

“As school districts across Texas start classes in the coming days and weeks, driv­ers should slow down and be alert when school children and buses are present,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Obey school zone speed lim­its and stop for school buses when required. Individuals who disregard the law and illegally pass stopped school buses needlessly put children in harm’s way – and face sig­nificant traffic fines.”

The moments when stu­dents are entering or exit­ing a bus can be one of the most dangerous times dur­ing a child’s trip on a school bus. Accordingly, DPS urges drivers to slow down and pay close attention in school zones, since children may un­expectedly step into a road­way without checking for on­coming traffic.

State law requires that approaching drivers stop when a bus is stopped and operating a visual signal – either red flashing lights or a stop sign. Drivers should not proceed…

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