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Lubbock ISD police remind drivers to watch out for school zones

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Yvette Nichols made sure her son, Sebastian, got on a bus route to and from Roy W. Roberts Elementary School.

"I don't let him a block down the street," she said, "without me seeing him and watching him."

She did not want him to walk the route along 82nd Street.

 "I can't see as a parent letting him walk that far alone on such a busy road," she said.

But even after these precautions, Nichols said there are still dangers that come with riding the bus.

"Think if your kid was the one crossing that street," she said, "and another parent didn't stop and hit your child?"

Lubbock ISD Police Chief Jody Scifres said many times drivers do not understand what happens if they choose to ignore a bus stop sign.

"The minimum fine if you run a stop sign on a school bus is $500," he said. "They'll give you some warning lights as they're coming up to the delivery, or drop off, or pick up."

There are also other warning traffic signs that Scifres said serve as a wakeup call for anyone in a hurry in a school zone.

The Lubbock Police Department teams up with LISD police to enforce these laws.

"Sometimes there's some that are 25 mph," he said, "just depends on where they're at, and the fines vary based on how fast you're going."

Even the $200 maximum fine for cell phone usage in a school zone is clearly posted along with flashing lights.

"We see a lot of people wanting to talk in the speaker of their phone thinking that's some kind of exception," he said, "Which it's not."

Scifres also has safety tips for parents who regularly drop off or pick up their students from school.

"It's a lot better to have a good place to drop off where they know there's not a lot of traffic there," he said, "and they drop off on the curb side, so when the kids get there, they're not crossing the street or walking into oncoming traffic."

From cross walks to crossing guards, Scifres said they do their best to make sure the only concern for students and parents is education.

"The school is the safest place for your kid to be," he said.

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