LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's finally that time of year again - students across the South Plains will be heading back to school over the next few weeks. Lubbock ISD, Lubbock-Cooper ISD, and Lubbock Christian Schools all start classes on Wednesday, August 15th. This means thousands of kids will be walking, biking, and riding the bus to school, and TXDOT has tips to keep yourself and kids safe.
Put away your cell phone when you're in a school zone. Cell phone use is banned in school zones, and while driving in general, and if you're caught using yours in a school zone you could face up to a $200 fine.
Always obey speed zone limits. Fines for speeding typically double in school zones.
Drop off and pick up your kids in designated areas, not in the middle of the street. This way they are out of the way of traffic. Also, keep an eye on kids waiting at the bus stop.
School bus laws say you must stop for flashing red lights on a school bus, regardless of which direction you're headed. You can go on your way once the lights have stopped. If you don't follow this, you can face up to a $1,000 fine.
Parents, if your kids are walking or biking to school, remind them to always cross at designated intersections and crosswalks, and to look both ways before crossing. Kids should look for traffic before stepping off the bus or out from behind parked cars, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Also, always obey crossing guards.
Kids should always wear a helmet when riding a bike, and it's also a good idea to have your child walk or bike with a friend.
Kids riding the bus should make sure to stand far back while waiting at the bus stop so the driver can see you. Stay in your seat while on the bus so the driver can pay attention to the road.