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BACK TO SCHOOL TRAFFIC SAFETY
Classes in Hays CISD Begin on August 27, 2018
As the summer break comes to an end for Hays CISD students in Buda, we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about back to school traffic safety. The first day of school for Hays CISD is Monday, August 27. Classes have already started for some private schools in the area. Please prepare for increased traffic around Buda area schools, particularly on FM 1626 near Elm Grove Elementary, along FM 967 near Buda Elementary and on Main Street near Santa Cruz Catholic School.
“Give yourself some extra time in the mornings and drive cautiously as you can expect delays as students start back to school,” said Buda PD Public Information Officer Brittany Tate. “The first few weeks are always the busiest and we know traffic can become a burden, but Buda PD officers will be routinely monitoring the school routes. We are also working with TxDOT and Commissioner Mark Jones to address and hopefully alleviate some of the issues in the construction zone on FM 1626.”
The speed limit in a school zone is 25 mph. Speeding in a school zone is considered a Class C Misdemeanor and could carry a hefty fine.
“We will be in the spots that we need to be in, particularly the congested areas. We will be looking for various traffic violations, including speeding and operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held device. ” said Buda PD Officer Raul Valdez. “FM 1626 is currently under heavy construction and it is important to plan accordingly. Our main concern is safety for the students and the drivers. Kids are going to be real excited about getting back to school and we want to make sure they get there safely.”
If you are new to the area or your children are attending a new school this year, please familiarize yourself with the drop-off and pick-up areas at your child’s school.
“It takes a couple of weeks for drivers to get back into the routine,” said Hays CISD Public Information Officer Tim Savoy. “Please be on the lookout for school zone signals and always obey the speed limits. You should also anticipate children walking and bicycling to school.”
Safety Tips from the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools