As the 2021-22 school year quickly approaches, Louisiana State Police would like to remind motorists to drive with extra care and be especially aware of school zone speed limits, school buses loading or unloading children, and children walking or biking to school. Most school zones have a reduced speed limit from 7:00-9:00 am and 2:00-4:00 pm on school days.
The greatest risk to our children is the loading and unloading of children at bus stops. All vehicular traffic must stop no less than 30 feet from a school bus when the stop signals on the bus are activated.
Additionally, motorists are encouraged to remember that:
• Louisiana Law states that no person shall operate any wireless communication device, which includes texting and any social media, while operating a motor vehicle during the posted hours within a school zone. School zones across Louisiana are hands-free zones, so put that cell phone down while driving
• School crossing guards have the authority to direct vehicles through intersections when traffic lights are red and to stop vehicles when the traffic lights are green. Motorists who are approaching school zones are urged to pay attention to the school crossing guards for hand instructions.
• Expect traffic congestion and possible delays near school zones.