As students prepare to head back to school, the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be cautious in school zones and around school buses to help keep students safe.

There are hundreds of traffic incidents each year due to driver inattention, speeding and failure to yield the right of way, officials said in a news release. In 2022, the state saw:
  • 746 traffic crashes in school zones, resulting in 23 serious injuries
  • 2,305 crashes involving school buses, resulting in 51 serious injuries and seven deaths
Keep in mind
  • Be prepared for potential traffic pattern changes around schools.
  • Pay attention while behind the wheel.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Drop off and pick up students in the school’s designated area.
  • Obey school zone speed limit signs.
  • Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and school buses.
  • Watch out for children getting on and off buses.
  • Stop for flashing lights or stop signs on school buses no matter what direction you’re headed.
  • Children walking or biking to school should follow all traffic rules, signs and signals.
  • If walkers and bikers don’t have access to sidewalks, they should travel on the left side of the street, facing traffic.
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