Rules to follow to avoid hefty school zone traffic fines

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Lieutenant Andrew Beightel says the Topeka Police Department is beefing up patrols around school zones.

"There's a big yellow flashing sign so it's giving you every opportunity to pay attention while you're driving. Especially through school zones where kids are just walking across the street."

With the start of the school year officers want to remind you to keep a close eye out for children trying to cross the street.

"We wanna make sure that school zones are one of the most protected areas on traffic enforcement. Especially when school has just got back into session," Beightel said.

When you see the flashing light of a school zone sign - slow down, be prepared to stop, and always watch for children.

If you don't follow these rules - the cost can be serious. TPD says school zone fines are often tripled.

TPD is also cracking down on another serious offense - passing school buses illegally.

On any street, even on wide five-lane roads, all traffic on both sides is required to stop when a school bus has its stop sign out.

The only exception is when there's a divided highway separated by a median.

If you pass illegally - you're looking at a $420 fine.

"There's a reason for that. There's kids trying to cross the street. Children are basically the future, the lifeblood of Topeka. That's who we have to keep safe no matter what," Beightel said.