CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Corpus Christi Independent School District has opened their schools to 100% of students that said that they would return to in-person learning.
With phase 3 underway, The CCISD Police Department has three rules for school zones to keep kids and drivers safe. One, school zone speed limits, two, be aware of buses that are unloading and loading students, and three children darting out in the road or in between cars.
"We encourage parents to drop their children off at the designated areas that the school has given so that they are not having to cross through traffic,” said Monica Lewis Sargent CCISD Police Department.
Some streets turn into one way during the school zone times and sergeant Lewis says she has pulled over drivers for going the wrong way don those streets and for speeding.
"They were under the impression that not all students were back on campus, that we were not actually enforcing those laws,” said Lewis.
CCISD PD wants to make sure everyone is safe on the road and patient when dropping or picking up their children as more kids return back to in-person learning. “It helps if parents can leave early. Because sometimes there are traffic jams that you are not expecting,” said lewis.
Some parents at Elliot Grant Middle School off Aaron Drive, tell us the importance of slowing down in the school zones. "Some kids walk home, there's lots of kids crossing the street and we need to make sure we follow the speed limit,” said Teena Perez.
"As you can see it’s a pretty busy school, a pretty busy street. You need to look at the warnings because I've seen accidents happen,” said Mike Canas.
Lupita Arredondo said, “It's absolutely important, we can't afford an accident, so you've got to slow down."
Another important traffic law that sergeant Lewis mentioned is to put your cell phone away when you are driving as those are higher fines and to always be aware of your surroundings.