The students of the Socorro Independent School District have been back in school for a couple of weeks and the rest of the city’s school districts go back this week. As you get accustomed to kids being on the streets, walking or biking to school, be aware that school zones are back in effect, and so are the fines associated with breaking the law in those zones.

El Paso Police say they patrol school zones heavily for the first few weeks of the school year, so you should watch out not only for school zone signs that have flashing lights, but also for the signs that don’t have lights, but do have the hours they are in effect listed on them.
You should also make sure you don’t pass a school bus with a stop sign sticking out on the drivers side. You are required by law to stop behind the bus, and not pass until the stop sign has been retracted.
If you break the law in a school zone, this is a partial list of the kind of fines can you expect:

Passing in School Zone- $210.
Speeding in School Zone – $285.
Failure to Yield Right Of Way – $210
Disobeying School Crossing Guard – $170
Texting or Talking on a Cell Phone In A School Zone – $116