Drivers reminded of traffic laws in school crossing zones

Posted at: 08/13/2014 9:28 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- It's official, the first day of school for Albuquerque students is here. And with the beginning of a new school year comes an extra reminder for drivers, parents and kids.

"The biggest dangers in school crossing is cars going too fast and kids crossing who may not be familiar crossing the street," said Lt. Allan Rider with Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department.

Whether it's a crossing zone or not, Rider says you always have to pay attention.

"Just be aware of a bunch of kids crossing the street. If they see parents and kids crossing the street, slow down, because those kids might run across, not knowing where they should go," he said.

If you or your child is the one using the cross walk, remember, you have a job too.

"We want them to make sure they are paying attention to the crossing guard, and crossing when it's safe, and beware of cars," Rider said.

If you're driving near an elementary, middle or high school zone, there's a limit for how fast you could go.

"Drivers coming into the school zones should go no faster than 15 miles per hour and should be on the watch, and maybe will have to go slower than 15 miles per hour," Rider added.

Rider also reminds drivers to put their phones away while their on the road. Remember, it's illegal.

"We certainly don't want anyone to be talking on the phone or texting," he said.