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The Houston Police Department reminds all parents that summer vacation is drawing to a close and our children will be going back to school on Monday (Aug. 26th).
It is extremely important for parents and motorists to pay attention when driving through school zones.
Motorists should use extra caution anytime they are near a school bus since sometimes children see the bus coming and the lights are not flashing, but they may dart out into traffic.
A video of back to school safety tips is avaialble for viewing at the HPD YouTube Channel at
For some of these children it is their first year going to school, and they may not be familiar with the guidelines they should follow.
In addition to the dangers posed to children, drivers speeding through school zones or passing school buses with flashing red lights can receive significant fines including $220 for a speeding citation in a school zone.
Other safety tips for parents and children include:
Children should not talk to strangers. Advise children how to handle a situation in which someone attempts to lure them with prizes or tries to abduct them.
Be aware of potential problems that can arise when children are home by themselves.
Teach children bicycle safety tips while riding to and from school.
Find qualified caregivers for children before and after school care.
For more information on back to school safety, visit www.houstontx.gov/police/crime_prevention/ and click on the "Back to School Safety" link.