With the new school year beginning, and the increased foot traffic and busier roads that come with it, Illinois State Police are warning drivers to remember the rules of the road when it comes to school buses.
Drivers should take note of the speed limit in school zones, which is 20 mph and in effect 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. when children are in school, according to a news release from the state police.
School being back in session means that more children, cyclists and pedestrians are often on the road than at other times during the year, along with increased vehicle traffic in the mornings as parents drop kids off at school.
The Illinois State Police encouraged commuters in the news release to plan ahead in the morning and evening to allow for possible delays from school buses.
The news release also warned drivers to drive free of distractions and remember that cellphone use is prohibited while driving and is considered a moving violation that can result in a ticket.
If a driver approaches a stopped school bus and the lights on the bus are active and the stop sign extended, they must stop their car before reaching the school bus. Failure to do so can result in a $150 fine and a driver’s license suspension for three months, the release states.