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Traffic doubles as Lubbock heads back to school

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

School started back on Monday and Lubbock streets were packed with eager parents and students ready to kick off the school year. The number of accidents reported Monday morning was nearly double our normal average by the time of the first bell.

With the start of Texas Tech, add the number of college students commuting and the traffic becomes even more difficult to manage.

Anybody driving to school, especially in school zones, is asked to put their cell phone away and devote their full attention to what's happening on the road to avoid any serious accidents with other cars or kids crossing the street.

And remember, the fine for passing a school bus will increase from $1,000 to $1,250 next week. A ticket for illegally passing a school bus cannot be dismissed by defensive driving.

LISD Superintendent Dr. Berhl Robertson Jr. said the best way to get your kids off on the right foot is to get them out of bed early.

Waking the kids an hour before you usually do will allow them to have a good breakfast and plenty of time to get ready for the day.

And with the way traffic looked on Monday, that one hour could make a big difference.

Another incentive to get the kids out the door at home is to make it on time to the door at the school; if you're late the doors close and any students that don't make it on time will need to be checked in to the front office by an adult.

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