August 22, 2011 - With school beginning for many of the city';s children, the Houston Police Department is reminding motorists to exercise extra caution.
Photos of HPD traffic enforcement efforts today (Aug. 21) at HISD's The School at St. George Place at 5430 Hidalgo are attached to this news release.
"Kids are excited going back to school, especially the smaller children who may be attending school for the first time," said HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. "Motorists should be very careful since kids have a tendency to dart in and out of traffic," he added.
Motorists should be aware of three things in particular, added HPD Sergeant A.J. Washington. They should know that the flashing yellow lights mean school zone speeds of 20 miles per hour are in effect. They should also watch for red flashing lights on school buses. If motorists see those lights, they should stop at least 300 feet behind the bus and wait until those lights are turned off before passing. Finally, motorists should obey the instructions of crossing guards.
"If you're caught violating one of these rules, such as speeding in a school zone, passing a school bus, or disregarding the safety/crossing guard, you could be fined anywhere from $200 to $1,000," said Sergeant Washington.
HPD does traffic and radar enforcement at schools across Houston throughout the school year.
"Let's just make it a safe year and make sure everyone gets to and from school safely," said Sergeant Washington.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.