School zone precautions for Tyler ISD
Monday is the first day of school in the Tyler school district. Many private schools have already started. Tyler motorists are reminded that the reduced speed in school safety zones will be enforced.
Starting today, School flashers will be in operation in marked school speed zones between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.; and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., with the following exceptions:
• West Loop 323 near John Tyler High School – This school speed zone will be in effect between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.; and 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
• South Donnybrook near Robert E. Lee High School – This school speed zone will be in effect between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.; and 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
• Copeland Road at Hubbard Drive – This school speed zone will be in effect between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Old Jacksonville Highway at Silverwood Drive – This school speed zone will be in effect between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; and 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
• University Boulevard at Patriot Drive – This school speed zone will be in effect between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
School crossing guards will be on duty in designated locations during the hours of the school flasher operations. Crossing guards will raise a hand-held stop paddle and enter the crosswalk in preparation of allowing pedestrians to cross safely. Motorists are required to stop at pedestrian crossing locations while the school crossing guard is in the street. All vehicles must wait until the crossing guard returns to the curb before moving through the crossing.
“The first three weeks of a new school year are always very hectic as everyone adjusts to their new routines,” said City of Tyler Traffic Engineer Peter Eng. “Give yourself extra time to get where you need to go and be patient with other drivers. Safety is more important than anything else.”
According to Tyler police public information office Don Martin, last school year officers issued 2,216 citations for speeding in a school zone and 853 citations for cell phone usage in a school zone.
•Be alert for the school zone signs posted near schools.
•Keep alert for the children and the crossing guards as they make their way across the street.
•Slow down and prepare to stop if the crossing guard so indicates.
•Tyler motorcycle officers will be monitoring school zones throughout the city.
•It is illegal to use a wireless communication device in a school zone unless the vehicle is stopped or a hands-free device is used.
For school bus riders:
•Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
•Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
•When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.
•Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
•Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it’s okay to approach.
•Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!
•Drivers must stop for all red flashing lights on bus in both directions unless on a divided highway.
Walking and Biking to School
Even if you don’t ride in a motor vehicle, you still have to protect yourself. Because of minimal supervision, young pedestrians face a wide variety of decisions making situations and dangers while walking to and from school. Here are a few basic safety tips to follow:
•Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard — never cross the street against a light, even if you don’t see any traffic coming.
•Always walk on sidewalks (where provided), otherwise walk facing traffic.
•Walk your bike through intersections.
•Walk with a buddy.
•Wear reflective material…it makes you more visible to street traffic.
•Never run out from between cars
Riding in a Car
•You might have heard before that most traffic crashes occur close to home … they do.
•Safety belts are the best form of protection passengers have in the event of a crash. They can lower your risk of injury by 45%.
•You are four times more likely to be seriously injured or killed if ejected from the vehicle in a crash.
•Everyone needs to be buckled up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger kids in booster seats and little kids in child safety seats. All passengers front and back in a passenger vehicle, must wear a seat belt.
•Always let your child out at the curb. Don’t double park when dropping off or picking up.
•No persons under the age of 18 are allowed to ride in the bed of a pick-up.
•Teach your children not to talk with strangers.
•Don’t approach a motor vehicle for someone asking directions or attempting to give you candy.
•Remember as much of the license plate as possible and color of vehicle.
•Scream, kick, bite, do what ever is necessary to get away from the stranger.