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Posted on: August 2, 2017

New Traffic Laws Begin Sept. 1

School Bus Stop Sign

The fine for not stopping for a school bus has gone up from $200 to $500, and
can even have a maximum penalty of $1,250.

There are new traffic laws in Texas that go into effect on Sept. 1, 2017, and failure to follow them could result in some hefty fines.


Back to school safety is important for every member of the community to be aware of, so to coincide with school starting again Texas has changed some laws regarding school buses and school zones. The fine for not stopping for a school bus has gone up from $200 to $500, and can even have a maximum penalty of $1,250.


Think you may be able to scoot around a bus illegally as long as a police officer isn’t present?


Think again. Many school buses are equipped with cameras that will document the license plate of offending vehicles, and the owners of these cars receive a citation in the mail. If a police officer does pull you over for this offense, a higher penalty applies than if you are caught by camera. In short, make sure you stop for school buses. If you don’t, it is considered a moving violation, and in addition to the fine you may receive points on your license and may have to complete a Texas defensive driving course.


Texas residents will also want to make sure they get off the phone when dropping off or picking up the kids from school. Those caught talking on a cell phone while on school property will face a fine. This even includes while driving in parking lots and in drop off zones. This is to make sure drivers are as aware and alert of students who may be walking near the school as possible.


Failure to follow the cell phone ban could result in a $200 fine. Cars that are completely stopped are not held to this law, though, so just make sure you park before you talk. This is a good rule to follow whether you are driving near a school or not!


Finally, remember to stop for persons in crosswalks whether guards or flashers are present or not. Little Elm ISD schools start on Aug. 16.

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