It’s that time of year again where families start sending their kids back to school. Whether you’re preparing for the first day or have already started the new year, it’s important to take time to refresh your safety tip knowledge to avoid car accidents in school zones and during your commute.
Safety Tips for Driving in School Zones
There are five teen pedestrian deaths every week within the United States. You can do your part to keep kids safe by practicing safe driving in school zones. It’s important to pay attention to signals and to obey posted speed limits. Additionally,
- Slow down when entering a school zone and stay at a reduced speed until you exit the zone.
- Keep an eye out for crossing guards and pedestrians crossing the street near sidewalks and bus stops.
- Refrain from passing vehicles while driving in the school zone.
- Avoid driving distracted by putting your phone down.
What Texas Law Says About Passing School Buses
During back-to-school time, you’ll notice more and more vehicles out on the road in the mornings and late afternoons. Of course, you’ll also notice the return of those bright yellow school buses. Before you go to pass one, remember your legal duties.
It’s illegal to pass a stopped school bus in all 50 states. According to Texas law, all vehicles must stop when a school bus has its stop sign out or their red lights on. Drivers must come to a complete stop on all lanes in both directions unless the road has a median or barrier.
If you do pass a school bus unlawfully, you may be subject to a fine of no less than $500 and no more than $1,250, as well as other consequences depending on severity. Plus, you put yourself and the kids exiting or entering the bus at serious risk.
Involved in a Car Accident During Your Commute?
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident during the back-to-school commute, you may need to reach out to a professional personal injury attorney for help. To learn more about driver safety or for assistance navigating the aftermath of an accident, send us a message.