Local law enforcement advising public about school traffic safety

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Both local school districts are teaming up with local law enforcement to remind the public about back to school safety.

The LISD and UISD Police Department, along with the Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force next week to make sure that students are safe when they head to class.

Once school begins the traffic starts to pick up in the early morning hours and in the afternoon.

Law enforcement officers want to remind drivers to be mindful and follow the rules of the road, especially when you are driving in a school zone.

Officers would like to remind drivers that it is illegal to use your phone at any time while operating a motor vehicle.

If you are caught using your phone during a school zone, you could face a fine of up to $500.

Police would also like to remind motorists about follow school bus safety laws as well.

Joe Baeza with the Laredo Police Department says, "When you see that school bus it doesn't matter if you're behind it, in front of it, that stop sign is basically indicating for you to stop, you need to stop because you are driving. You don't want to stop for the bus may be the difference in the life and the death of a student, and that's exactly what we want to avoid."

Law enforcement asks that drivers be extra vigilant and careful when on the road and they wish every child a very happy and safe return back to school.