“School begins soon,” the chief said. Within a couple of weeks, drivers can expect to encounter traffic jams around many of the city’s schools in the morning and afternoons.
Remember, the worst traffic problems always occur around A.C. Jones High School, Hampton-Moreno-Dugat Early Learning Center and Moreno Middle School.
Getting around those campuses can be a nightmare for the first few weeks of each school year.
“More parents drive their children to school during those early weeks,” Treviño said.
“I would suggest getting an early start the first couple of weeks,” the chief said.
After the parents get used to the routine of the new school year, more students will walk to school, more will take the bus and even those who drive their kids to school will get used to the traffic and learn to negotiate it better.
All motorists need to start getting used to slowing down in school zones right now, Treviño said.
It is a high priority for officers to work the school zones and look for drivers who do not slow down in those danger areas.
The chief said his officers work the school zones all during the school year. But they concentrate even more on them for the first several weeks.
Drivers need to pay special attention to school buses which are picking up students in the morning and dropping them off in the afternoons.
When a bus driver turns on the blinking red lights, all vehicles going both ways on the street are required to stop until the driver turns off the red lights and starts moving again.
Any driver who violates that state law will certainly get a ticket, Treviño said. It is too easy for a driver accidentally to run down a young elementary school student who is getting on or off a school bus.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.