Summer months are over and school is back in session! Make sure you know the following when driving through a school zone for your morning and afternoon commutes:
- Slow down when you approach school zones or school crossings!
According to the New Orleans Code of Ordinances, it is unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to exceed a speed of 20 mph when the school is open during the following hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm.
If caught speeding in a school zone, you could find yourself paying a hefty fine.
- We all run late sometimes, but don’t speed around buses loading kids!
School zones are no passing zones, according to Louisiana Law! The driver of a vehicle on a two-lane highway or street cannot pass another vehicle in a school zone.
If you do, you can get a ticket and/or a fine.
- Don’t use your phone in a school zone!
You shouldn’t be using your phone while operating a vehicle to begin with, but especially don’t use it in a school zone. According to Louisiana Law, the use of wireless communications is prohibited. This includes:
- Accessing, reading, or posting to social networking sites or web-based service
- Engaging in a call
- Writing, sending, or reading a text message, instant message, or electronic mail
However, there are some exceptions. You may use your electronic device in a school zone to:
- Report a car accident or other motor vehicle wreck
- Report a medical emergency or serious road hazard
- Report a situation regarding your personal safety
- Report criminal acts against another driver or person
- Operate your communication device IF your car is lawfully parked
Any violation of these laws can result in tickets and/or fines.
Share these reminders with your friends and family so they too can be aware!