School Zone Safety
Teachers are putting the final touches on their classrooms and students are beginning to pack up their backpacks because the first day of school is mobile county is less than 24 hours away.
The first day of school tomorrow means more traffic during for your morning commute and road rules that haven’t been in place for the last couple of months.
The Mobile Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit says to know where school zones are located and make sure you slow down.
Also, know the Alabama Bus Stop Law: when a school bus is flashing its red light and the arm is extended, this means the bus is stopped and traffic in both directions must also stop unless it is a divided highway.
Mobile Police Department says the will have extra officers in school zones for the first couple of weeks to help with the traffic, and their biggest piece of advice for your morning commutes – leave early.
"Leave a few minutes early, give yourself sometime to deal with the traffic backups that will be caused by the additional vehicle traffic that will be coming in and out of the schools and the kids crossing. Just leave 10-15 minutes early and be prepared to drive slowly through the school zones,” Mobile Police Department Cpl. Jonathan Mixon said.