LAREDO, TX (KGNS) – In traffic news, despite the low level of traffic around schools in Texas, there were still hundreds of accidents in school zones last year.

As millions of Texas students return to class this week, TXDOT is launching a campaign to help keep children safe while on their way to school.

Txdot says the most common causes of accidents in school zones are lack of speed control, distracted driving, or not yielding to a stop sign or driveway.

The agency urges drivers to slow down, stay alert and obey the traffic laws to keep children safe and avoid citations.

Below you can see tips on how to have a safe morning commute during the school year.

Tips for driving in school zones

• Be aware that traffic patterns around schools may have changed since the last school year, and expect more vehicles on the road as many students will return for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

• Stay alert and put your phone away. It is against the law to use a portable electronic device while driving in an active school zone.

• Always obey speed limit signs in school zones. Remember that traffic fines are increasing in school zones.

• Drop off and pick up your children in designated areas of your school, not in the middle of the street.

• Keep an eye out for children gathered at bus stops.

• Watch out for children who might cross the street or between vehicles.

Tips for Drivers Sharing the Road with School Buses

• Follow at a safe distance, keeping in mind that school buses make frequent stops.

• Always watch out for children around buses and remember that they may not always look for vehicles before crossing the street.

• Stop for flashing red lights or a stop sign on a school bus, no matter which direction you are heading. Continue your journey once the bus has moved, the flashing lights stop flashing, or the bus driver signals that you can pass.

• Violations can result in a fine of up to $ 1,250 for a first violation.

Tips for children who walk or cycle to school

• Always use sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.

• Cross the street at intersections or signposted crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again before continuing.

• Always obey the crossing guards.

• Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Never assume that a driver sees you.

• Look for traffic when exiting a bus or behind parked vehicles.

• Always wear a helmet when cycling.

• Don’t be distracted by electronic devices that distract your eyes and ears from the road.

• Follow all traffic rules, signs and signals.

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