Police urge school zone safety - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/23/09

Police urge school zone safety

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -LISD says the Hub City will see more than 28,000 students getting back in the swing of things Monday as they head back to school.

Many of them will be crossing streets to get to class, reason enough to keep a close look out in those school zones.  "They're excited about getting to school and meeting their teachers and friends," said Nancy Sharp with LISD.   

So they may get lost in the moment and forget the protocol of getting to school safely, and if they do, Lubbock Police say drivers have got to be alert. "The kids are going to be confused where they are going; their parents are going to be confused, am I getting the one way system right, am I going in the right entrance. It will be a little bit of Mayhem, but if everyone will take their time leave their house a little early, hopefully we won't have any problems," said Captain Greg Stevens.  

Stevens says officers will be keeping an extra watch on school zones this week. "They are going to be more aware of the fact that it's the first day of school and school zones are going to be really busy, so they will keep an eye on their school in their beats," said Stevens.

According to an Allstate Insurance survey the average cost of a speeding ticket in a Texas school zone is $209, for those drivers going 10 miles per hour or over, and even if you don't get caught, it could be the difference between life and death.  "Whether there is a flashing light or a crossing guard or not, just to be watching for those kids who may not be crossing where they are suppose to so it's really important for motorists to be proactive when watching for children," said Sharp.  

Parents play an important role in warning kids on the dangers too. "We want them to watch traffic very carefully, not crossing between cars, using the crosswalks, and all the safety precautions that are implemented at our school," said Sharp. 

LISD also encourages parents to make sure their children get a good night sleep and a good breakfast before heading off to school. 

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