The Lombard Police Department shared that Lombard Schools are back in session and the Lombard Police Department is reminding residents about the laws regarding school zone speed limits, texting, and passing school buses.
- School zone speeding or failure to yield to children in a crosswalk: a first violation is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $150, a second or subsequent violation will result in a fine of $300.
- Using a cell phone (unless hands free) or texting in a school zone: $120 fine unless the violator is involved in a traffic crash that causes great bodily harm (Class A Misdemeanor) or death (Class 4 Felony).
- Passing a school bus: first offense will earn drivers a fine of $150 and a 3 month driver’s license suspension, and a second offense will result in a minimum $500 fine and a 1 year driver’s license suspension.
Additional safety tips from www.saferoutesinfo.org remind parents and drivers who are often in a hurry to drop off and pick up students during arrival and dismissal times, to stay alert and follow these tips:
- Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits in school zones and neighborhoods.
- Comply with local school drop-off and pick-up procedures.
- Avoid double parking or stopping on crosswalks. Double parking blocks visibility.
- Avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the school. This forces youngsters to unnecessarily cross busy streets—often mid-block rather than at a crosswalk.
- Prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution when you see yellow hazard warning lights are flashing on a moving or stopped bus.
- Stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing, regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching. Drivers must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the red lights stop flashing, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
- Watch for children walking or bicycling in areas near a school.
- Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- Watch for children walking or biking to school when backing up (out of a driveway or leaving a garage).
For more information please contact Sgt. Joe Grage at (630)620-4667.