Drivers keep an eye out as Highland Lakes students start school Aug. 26 and 27

Drivers in the Highland Lakes should be prepared for increased traffic and children near roadways and bus stops as students head back to school Aug. 26 and 27. Stock photo

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — After a couple months of summer vacation, area students get back to class Aug. 26 and 27, so drivers should be aware of and prepared for more traffic.Students in Marble Falls and Llano independent school districts start school Aug. 26, while Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students return Aug. 27.

With the school year starting, residents can expect higher traffic, especially in areas near campuses. Drivers should be aware of flashing yellow lights or reduced speeds near schools during pick-up and drop-off times.

Some streets around campuses, however, require lower speeds anytime class is in session. In some areas, where there is heavy student foot traffic, such as Northwood Drive and RR 1431 in Marble Falls, drivers should be prepared for children crossing the roadway.

Several school zones also forbid the use of cell phones during certain times of the day when classes are in session.

And it’s not just around campuses where drivers should be careful. The first day of school sends buses back out into both city and rural areas. Law enforcement and school officials ask that drivers respect the flashing red lights of a bus and stop a safe distance away from the vehicle while children are getting on or off.

The increased traffic isn’t limited to school hours. Campuses often host events and activities after regular class hours that also contribute to increased traffic.

editor@thepicayune.com