Saturday, March 2, 2024

Back to School Driver Safety Reminder

As the summer winds down, teachers, administrators and the Southlake Police Department are preparing for the new school year which begins on Monday, August 28, 2017.

The Southlake Police Department and School Resource Officers (SROs), are busy finalizing plans for back-to-school traffic. We want to make sure drivers commuting to and from campus arrive safely.

Here are a few important things to know during the first week of school. The Southlake Police Department will have additional police officers patrolling school zones. SROs will also be on each campus to assist students and teachers when classes begin. They will help ensure that drivers slow down and watch for students getting into and out of vehicles and school buses.

Drivers are also reminded to use extra caution and watch for children on bicycles crossing streets and intersections. “Safety is our number one priority. Drivers can assist us by slowing down and allowing themselves extra time to get to their destination,” said Police Chief James Brandon.

The Southlake Police Department offers some additional tips to help drivers and parents navigate the roads during the first week back-to-school:

    • Parents – check for any changes in traffic patterns near your child’s school and make adjustments for any road construction in the area.
    • It also might be a good idea to ‘time’ the route you would normally take to allow yourself enough drive time for the first week of school.
  • All drivers – **Remember to obey all traffic warning signs including “no cell phone use” when lights are flashing in school zones and remember the new “No texting and driving” law that goes into effect September 1 for all Texas roads.

You can find more information on Carroll ISD’s start time for classes and additional back-to-school information.

The first week of school is also a great opportunity to meet your child’s SRO during ‘Back-to-School’ events. If you are new to the school district and want to learn more about your child’s SRO we have provided a link for you.

Working together, we can ensure a safe and successful school year for everyone.

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