ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Back to school doesn’t just mean changes for parents and students, but drivers too.
Some school districts are already back in session and others are getting ready to start. Police warn drivers to slow down.
Over the past decade, hundreds of kids have been killed in accidents near schools around the country. Drivers can never start getting in the habit too soon.
It’s simple: Follow posted signs and speed limits and all the other laws applicable to school zones. From 7 am – 4 pm, when kids are around, drivers have to slow to 20 mph. They also must stop for people crossing the street and school buses with stop arms out.
Police hope raising awareness about the rules can save lives and maybe even money. Speeding in a school zone can get you a $150 fine. It increases if you’re caught more than once. If you hit someone, you could go to jail or be fined up to $25,000.
Reminders for parents: Children should always ride in the backseat; kids who ride in the front are 40% more likely to be hurt in crashes; Police say kids under 10 who walk to school should be accompanied by an adult.