School Zones to take effect Monday

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 10:54am

School zones across Texas will be activated and school buses will be on the road Monday morning as the new school year begins, and the Texas Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies want to remind motorists to leave a few minutes early to allow for extra time on your Monday morning commute.
Like work zones, fines for speeding in school zones double when the school zone is active. The law also prohibits the use of hand-held communications devices in active school zones.
"The law requiring motorists to put the cell phone down in a school zone is still relatively new," said TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz. "But there is zero tolerance for it as far as law enforcement is concerned. No phone call or similar distraction is worth a child's life."
Motorists traveling in both directions on a given roadway must stop when red lights flash on a school bus. Violations can lead to a $1,000 fine.
"At least one student is killed every year while waiting to get on, or just after getting off a school bus," Krantz said. "And in almost every case, it's because a motorist ignores the flashing red lights."
Finally, for students waiting for the bus or walking to school, stand far back from the road while waiting for the bus, and look both ways if you have to cross the street when moving to or from a pick-up point. Stay on sidewalks when possible, and when there is no sidewalk, walk as close to the curb as possible against the direction traffic is moving.
"It's worth remembering that these laws are necessary because children aren't always as aware of their surroundings as adults might be," Krantz said. "But if as adults we're too distracted to be watching out for each other's children, it's only a matter of time before tragedy strikes."

TxDOT: Project Updates
UNDATED - Here's a quick look at events and work planned in the Tyler District:

TxDOT to conclude work on IH 20
GREGG COUNTY -- Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to conclude pavement repairs on eastbound IH 20 between the Smith County Line and FM 3053 in Liberty City.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress. Motorists are encouraged to be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zone.

TxDOT plans work on West Loop 323
TYLER -- Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews on Tuesday are scheduled to make base and pavement repairs on SH 64 just west of West Loop 323.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress. Motorists are encouraged to be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zone.

TxDOT to conclude work on US 80
FRUITVALE -- Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to conclude approximately three weeks of pavement-repair work on US 80 in the Fruitvale area.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress. Motorists should be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zone.

TxDOT continues work on FM 855
CHEROKEE COUNTY -- Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue edge work on FM 855 between US 69 in Mount Selman and FM 346 south of Teaselville.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic in two-lane areas.

TxDOT plans resurfacing work in Henderson County
HENDERSON COUNTY -- Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to perform resurfacing operations on RM 3062 (Star Harbor Road) in Malakoff.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic.

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