Back to school, back to traffic safety zones
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As the sun sets on kids' summer fun, strict rules of the road reappear for drivers.
Schools begin their sessions in the coming weeks – as early as Wednesday for districts including Amarillo and Canyon, Thursday for Dalhart and as late as Aug. 28 in Borger.
That means school safety zones and the fines associated with violating them also go back into effect as children walk to and from schools and fleets of buses and parents join traffic flow twice daily.
The Amarillo Police Department has issued several reminders:
• School zone speed limits are 20 mph
• Use of cellphone in a school zone can mean a fine of up to $200
• Overtaking a school bus stopped to pick up children is at least a $500 fine
In metro Amarillo, street construction will exacerbate back-to-school traffic such as the closed Bell Street overpass along Interstate 40 and along I-40 near Ross Street.
Law enforcement across the region will patrol and monitor school zones.