HPD Warns Motorist To Observe School Safety Zones
August 13, 2006 -- Houston area
schools are beginning their school year and the Houston Police
Department wants to remind drivers to use caution and slow down
while driving through school safety zones, or face serious penalties.
HPD patrol and motorcycle officers will be positioned
at designated areas keeping a watchful eye on drivers who are
placing children at risk by exceeding the posted school zone speed
limit. Motorists are advised to pay close attention to flashing
school zone lights as well as posted signs. Those flashing lights
are timed to operate automatically when classes are in session.
Here are some helpful hints that will aid motorists to keep our
children safe as they begin the school year.
* Drivers should be observant of children as
they walk or ride their bikes to and from school.
* Watch for flashing yellow lights in school
zones that are activated when classes are in session.
* Be aware of school signs that give the time
the zones are in effect.
* Motorists need to be conscious of school buses
as they stop to pick up and drop off children going to and from
* If caught passing a stopped school bus with
the red lights flashing, motorists face a fine from $200 to a
maximum of $1,000. A second offense could revoke the violator's
driver*s license for up to six months.
* Motorists who exceed the speed limit by one
to ten miles in a school zone could be fined from $200 to $310.
* Teach your child not to run from or play between
* Parents should teach their children how to
properly cross a street.
* Take the time to report any inoperable flashing
school zone beacon lights by
Motorists should assume that all schools, both
public and private, have speed restrictions and therefore should
slow down. "We're warning motorists to slow down and take
those few extra seconds it takes to go through a school zone and
allow our children to get to and from school safely," said
HPD Traffic Division Sergeant A.J. Washington.
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division a