The students of the Socorro Independent School District have been back at school for 5 weeks, now, but today marks the beginning of the school year for the rest of the El Paso area school districts.  That means kids will be on the streets walking or biking to school, school zones are now in effect, and so are the fines associated with breaking the law in those zones.

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El Paso police says it wants to remind drivers to watch out for not only school zone signs that have flashing lights on them, but also for the signs that don’t have lights, but do have the hours they are in effect listed on them.

They also say to be aware that if you see a school bus with a stop sign sticking out on the drivers side, you are required to stop behind the bus, and not pass the bus until the stop sign has been retracted.

So, let’s say you are in a really big hurry and you break the law in a school zone - what kind of fines can you expect?  Here’s a couple of fines you might run into.  There are a number of other moving violations you could be looking at if you get all cray in a school zone, so just remember to watch out for the kiddies and drive safely!

Overtaking a School Bus/Loading or Unloading $233.10
Pass in School Zone $208.10