TxDOT recommends drivers to be safe, drive smart for new school year

Many more kids are going to be walking and riding their bikes to school this month, here are some tips TxDOT offers for all drivers out on the road.

VICTORIA, Texas – As the new academic year continues for kids, everyone is responsible for keeping children safe while on their way to and from school.

TxDOT launches a “Be Safe. Drive Smart” campaign, reminding drivers to watch out for kids traveling by foot or bike to school.

Also, recommending drivers to stay alert and follow all traffic laws.

Their safety tips for drivers allow them to avoid costly fines or tickets and helps keep children safe.

With all of this in mind, TxDOT is urging drivers to slow down, stay alert and follow all traffic laws to keep children safe and avoid costly fines and tickets. We all have a responsibility to keep children safe on their way to and from school.

The Navarro median project is also currently still in construction, so drivers need to pay attention while on the road.

Especially during school zone hours in the mornings and afternoons.

Lucean KuyKendall, TxDOT Public Information Officer, says drivers often forget one key trick while driving in school zones causing people to take it for granted.

“I think one thing that we tend to forget and that I just want to remind all drivers. I know it’s something that we just take for granted or think that everyone does is looking from left to right, and then looking to the left again. Just that one last time to see if something is coming, we take that for granted. We just think that people do it, but what’s very important to do is to make that last, that second look to the left. Again, before pulling out or before taking off when you’re driving. And that’s one thing I would like to stress for people to do,” said Kuykendall.

School zones in the state usually start at 7:00 or 7:15 in the morning.

In the afternoons, expect to drive 20 miles per hour until 4:15 p.m.

Here’s a list of Common Crash Causes in School Zones

  • Failure to control the speed
  • Failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign
  • Failure to yield the right of way at a private driveway
  • Driver inattention
  • Texting while driving in a school zone

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