School zone safety reminder

School zone safety reminder

The new school year begins on August 24 and drivers are urged to be aware of school zones and speed limits.

Amarillo has around 60 schools and the Amarillo Police Department says they will do their best to have a presence in as many locations as possible.

"We've got a lot more school zones than we've got police men. We could put every police man on shift out and we still wouldn't have enough to cover them all. But the motorcycle officers I do know make a real direct effort to be as present as possible in as many places as possible," Sergeant Brent Barbee of Amarillo Police Department said.

Barbee urges drives to be cautious around school zones and to watch for kids.

"The traffic violations we worry about the most are most often with the kids, because we worry about the kids getting excited, jumping out of the cars, and running in front of cars when they're going in. We worry about kids running out from between cars into the street." he said.

A speeding ticket in a school zone can cost up to $300 depending on the severity of the violation.

The speed limit in a school zone is 20 miles-per-hour and unless otherwise posted, are in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.