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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 8:52am
EL PASO — EL PASO — Thousands of students in the El Paso and Ysleta Independent School Districts are heading back to school on Monday, so law enforcement will be out in full force to make sure that school zones are safe.
The El Paso Police Department, along with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office will have extra patrols near school zones to make sure that drivers are abiding by all traffic laws.
They want to remind drivers that there will be more pedestrians in the mornings and afternoons as students walk to and from school.
Police are also asking parents to remind their children to use crosswalks, look both ways before they cross the street and always follow instructions from crossing guards.
Things could get expensive for drivers who do not drive safely in school zones. The fines are listed below:
• Driving while using cell phone - $114.10
• Passing in a school zone - $208.10
• Speeding in a school zone – A fine no less than $143.10 plus $8 dollars for every mile over the speed limit up to 10 miles, thereafter $12 dollars per mile.
• Failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian in crosswalk - $208.10
• Disobeying the school crossing guard - $168.10