Safety First at AISD School Zones
AUSTIN, TX—The 2013-14 school year is around the corner for the Austin Independent School District, which means there will be an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic in school zones.
AISD’s Department of Transportation encourages drivers to reduce their speed when driving near schools and follow posted signs that require drivers to slow down to 20 miles or less when lights are flashing. Police officers will be enforcing reduced speed limits from approximately 45 minutes before school opens, during lunch periods, and for 30 minutes at the end of the school day, starting Monday, Aug. 26.
Failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or stop when school bus lights are flashing for students boarding or exiting the bus, and speeding through school zones when lights are flashing could result in a fine of up to $400 dollars.
AISD’s transportation team offers tips for driving in school zones:
- Follow all posted speed signs
- Be aware of surroundings at all times and eliminate distractions
- Find alternate routes if possible
- Stop at all crosswalks marked and unmarked, as pedestrians have the right of way
- Stop for all buses with red flashing lights
For more information, please visit austinisd.org/transportation.