TAPD stresses traffic safety tips with school starting


As Texarkana Arkansas School District and other area schools gear up for another year, local law enforcement is encouraging caution in school zones to ensure everyone arrives and leaves school safely.

Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is stressing safety tips in order to ensure the safety of students and parents, both walking and driving by providing tips and making sure the public is aware of all safety protocols.

According to TAPD, traffic fines are doubled in school zones and officers will be conducting traffic enforcement within these school zones with zero tolerance. Special emphasis will be placed on speeding violations as well as careless driving and improper passing.

TAPD gives a few reminders regarding school safety:

  • It is illegal to pass a school bus from any direction while the busses’ red lights are flashing.
  • Most school zone speed limits and boundaries are clearly marked and should be strictly followed. 15 miles per hour is the maximum speed within school zones.
  • Remember to watch for kids, because they may not be watching for you.
  • Parents should take care when dropping their children off in school driveways.
  • Parents should always remind their children to watch for other vehicles that are pulling through driveways and always look both ways before crossing a school driveway.

According to officials, Patrol Officers will be working in school zones at the beginning and end of each school day, and the Speed Trailer will be posted at different schools throughout the school year. These officers, along with the on campus school resource officers, will take enforcement actions dealing with criminal violations that occur on school property.

TAPD says patrol officers will often spend time walking through the school during the day to ensure the safety of both our children and faculty.

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