BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Next week, students are headed back to school which means more cars on the roads.
“All summer long we’ve had a smoother flow. No school zones, less people out, no school buses. Well, that’s all going to change,” said Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Communication Director Rodney Mallett.
School Zones will be back in effect. Rodney Mallett with DOTD said 45 miles per hour may turn into 25.
“Safety is the number one priority, especially with the younger children here. So pay attention. Drive your speed limit and be prepared for a change in your driving pattern,” he said.
“It’s going to be generally between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and then from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., somewhere in that time. So when you enter the school zone and when you see that sign, slow down,” said Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Spokesman Mark Lambert.
It also may take you a little longer to make your usual morning and afternoon trips. Lambert said to be prepared.
“We’re seeing increased traffic when school begins. People are coming back from vacation. Of course, you know, the more buses are on the road, people are taking the kids to school and people going to work,” said Lambert.
“Drive your speed limit and pay attention and be prepared and even be prepared to take an alternate route if you have to,” Mallett explained.
Another reason why it is so important to keep the devices out of your hands and your eyes on the road is that school buses will be rolling down the street during school time.
“A school bus is a moving work zone. You have to be prepared for something to occur,” said Mallett.
When a bus comes through, there are rules for oncoming cars.
“If you’re on a divided highway and you’re on the other side, then you don’t have to stop, but if you’re not sure, then go ahead and stop and let safety be your guide,” said Lambert.
These tips aren’t just for fun, the costs will outweigh the risk.
“Some of the repercussions are you’re going to have a crash or you’re going to and that is going to cause delay. It’s going to cost money,” said Mallett.
“Not only can I get you a ticket, but you run the risk of hurting someone,” added Lambert.
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