Even though school starts next week - Friday morning drivers may see the school zone signals going off in the Austin area.
While they are just testing them out - it's a good reminder of the need to slow down starting on Monday.
The signals will activate from 6:45 to 8:30a.m. and then again from 2:30 to 4 in the afternoon according to the Public Works Department.
Drivers who travel above the posted school zone speed limit but within the posted speed limit will not be ticketed since it is just a test/
Up in Round Rock they are also getting ready for students to head back to school.
Police are gearing up to increase their patrols around local schools.
And they'll be watching to see if drivers are on the phone.
“I want to make sure you are off the cell phone and being alert to where they are walking or traveling to school,” said Sgt. Justin Davis, Round Rock Police Department.
Drivers caught can be fined up to $200 - speeding can be more.
“They can be kind of hefty and vary on fast you are driving,” said Davis.
School zone signals aren't the only lights to look out for.
In Round Rock school buses head out as early as 5:45 a.m. with the first picks up right before 6.
“If they see the hazard lights they don't need to stop but if you see the amber lights up on top the bus is about to stop,” said John Knight, Director of Transportation with RRISD.
And one lesson parents can give their kids before they head back is the reminder of bus rules - could make the bus driver's job a little easier.
“Teach them the bus rules, keep in your seat, keep the volume down to a minimum, and keep their hands to themselves they will be doing good,” said Knight.
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They report that last year more than 2-thousand bicyclists were hit statewide.
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