Troopers remind drivers about school zones

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

With the 2010-2011 school year upon us, Louisiana State Police reminds motorists to drive with care and be especially aware of school zone speed limits, school buses loading or unloading children, and children walking or biking to school.

Troopers will be patrolling school zones throughout the Troop A area and speeding will not be tolerated while the school zone speed limits are in effect.

Most school zones have a reduced speed limit in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. However, some zones are marked with slightly different times. It is the responsibility of motorists to be aware of these speed zones and to reduce their speed accordingly.

In addition to the school zones, the motoring public must be aware of school buses that are loading or unloading children. If a school bus is stopped for this purpose and has its stop signs and red lights activated, motorists must stop not less than thirty feet from the bus and wait for the lights to be turned off before proceeding.

Never pass a stopped school bus picking up or dropping off a child. A school bus driver can report any violation of this law.

The fines for this violation can be substantial and your driver's license may be suspended.

Always assume there are children present any time you are near a school bus.

Motorists should expect traffic congestion and possible delays near school zones.

It is important for each driver to be patient with the increased traffic and allow extra time to arrive safely at their destination.