Traffic Safety Reminder

Traffic Safety Reminder – School Starts In Volusia County Monday August 12th

As school starts back this Monday, here are a few safety reminders. Traffic enforcement will be heavy in and around schools. Drive Safe……Be Safe.

Seven Florida laws designed to keep our students safe!

  • In school zones, motorists must slow down to the marked speed limit, which can vary from 20 to 25 miles per hour. Zones are in effect on days when school is in session a half hour before the first bell and a half hour after the last bell.  Speeding in a school zone can result in enhanced penalties. 
  • Motorists must yield to a stopped school bus!  Failure to yield is a moving violation and subject to citation.
  • It’s unlawful to wear a pair of headphones and earbuds while driving or to text, email or instant message while driving. 
  • A seatbelt is required for the driver of the vehicle, a front seat passenger of any age, and any person in the vehicle under 18 years old.
  • Bicycle riders under 16 years of age are required to wear a bicycle helmet.
  • Drivers must to yield to pedestrians crossing the road within crosswalks. Pedestrians have the right of way.
  • When school buses stop to drop off or pick up children, motorists must stop until the bus driver has turned off the stop signal.
    • On a two-lane road vehicles traveling in both directions must stop.
    • On a multi-lane road that is paved all the way across, traffic in both directions must stop.
    • On a divided highway with a raised (concrete or grass) median at least 5 feet wide, traffic behind the bus must stop.  Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction are not required to stop.

School Zone Driving Safety Tips

  • Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
  • When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.
  • Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
  • Be aware of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.
  • Never pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.
  • Never change lanes while driving in a school zone.
  • Never make U-Turns while driving in a school zone.
  • Never text while driving in a school zone.
  • Avoid using a cell phone, unless it is completely hands-free, while driving in a school zone.
  • Unless licensed to do so, never use handicap or emergency vehicle lanes or spaces to drop off or pick up children at school.