School Back In Session

by Christa Lollis

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - School zone lights aren't flashing today, but come Monday they will be on at schools across East Texas and police will be out making sure drivers are paying attention to them. "They'll be in that school zone from the time the lights go on to the time the lights go off, so we monitor them real heavily," Sgt. Ronny LaRue with the Lufkin Police Department said.

LaRue says that even with crossing guards, drivers still need to be cautious when driving near a school. "We've got crossing guards in place but that doesn't always guarantee that we're going to protect the kids and we want to make sure that the drivers understand it's their responsibility."

So the Lufkin Police Department is warning drivers when you see the flashing lights, you need to slow down or you'll get a ticket. LaRue said, "They're there just to caution us and remind us that those kids are trying to cross to get to or from school and it's something that we need to take to heart and realize hey I'm in a school zone, I need to slow down and I need to pay a lot more attention to what I'm doing because the kids aren't and we know that."

But those aren't the only flashing lights you'll need to be looking for starting Monday. School buses will be hauling kids to and from class. And LaRue says if you pass up one of them while the lights are on you'll be paying big fines. "If they pass a school bus that's stopped with the red lights flashing that's punishable by up to a 1500 dollar fine so it's not something to, it's not a laughing matter."

Lufkin police will be out near schools on Monday and their officers will have a no tolerance policy.