Back to school driving safety tips - Tucson News Now

Back to school driving safety tips

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Oro Valley Police Department reminds the public to exercise driving caution as most public and private schools are back in session this week.

The following are safety precautions from the Oro Valley Police Department:

You may not pass a school bus when it stops and displays the stop sign and flashing red lights. All vehicles must stop! This includes both directions of travel when a physical median is not present.

The school zone is 15 miles per hour. You must be at or below 15 miles per hour prior to entering the zone. The zone is marked by the first sign as you enter. It is prohibited to pass another vehicle while in a school zone. Please pay attention to the crossing guard's directions and be prepared to stop.

School crosswalks require drivers to stop at the point a pedestrian enters into the crosswalk.

Please do not text and drive.

OVPD is anticipating a large amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, so we ask that you start your day earlier and give yourself plenty of time for increased congestion. There will also be an increased police presence around schools to ensure safety.

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