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Caught on camera: Lubbock drivers on phones in school zones


With Lubbock students back in class, drivers should have noticed the flashing yellow lights in school zones.

We took our cameras to four Lubbock ISD school zones today as they dismissed students. At least five drivers in every school zone we went to were caught using their phone.

Campuses like Lubbock High School and Smylie Wilson Middle School, off of major roads, had the most violators.

Even smaller schools had their share of people on the phones while they waited in traffic.

LISD and Lubbock police want to remind folks that it doesn't matter how fast you're driving, if you're caught talking or texting inside a marked school zone you can be fined up to $200.

"With school starting the school zones are being monitored and we have had officers who have been out at several of the different school zones," said Sgt. Jonathan Stewart of LPD.

We did see officers on the lookout, but in 20 minutes at Smylie Wilson Middle School we also caught 14 people using their phones, including a city employee.

At Lubbock High School we saw dozens more on their phones even as our cameras were rolling.

"It is illegal to be using your cell phone without a hands free [device] in an active school zone," Stewart said.

LISD says flashing lights are activated at elementary schools an hour before school starts and ends. Driver going through zones at district middle and high schools should expect the same flashing reminders 30 minutes before and after school.

LPD reminds drivers to slow down, put down your phone, and be on the lookout for kids, because they'll be watching too.

"LISD normally has their hands full with students and stuff on campus and as far as the streets go, we'll have officers watching what's going on on the actual streets," said Stewart.

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