The Illinois State Police are reminding motorists to be cautious as school starts this month. Drivers should be aware of children walking or riding bikes to school, as well as children darting out from parked cars.
Motorists should also allow additional travel time when driving as there will be increased traffic levels. Drivers should also slow down to 20 M.P.H. as required by law when driving 7 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in a school zone on days children are present.
Drivers should also refrain from being distracted by phones while driving, especially in school zones.
During the school year slow or stopped school buses will also be common. Motorists should stop if a school bus’s stop sign is extended. Failure to do so could result in $150 fine and the suspension of the offender’s licence.
Additionally pedestrians have the right-of-way on crosswalks and motorists should adhere to crossing guards.
To be safe in a school zone, motorists should follow these safety tips:
- Slow down – obey all traffic laws and speed limits.
- Do not use an electronic device, including a cell phone, in a school zone – your focus needs to be on the road.
- Do not pass other vehicles or change lanes in a school zone.