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  • by Eli Moore Westchester and New York City Traffic

Driving in a School Zone

Driving in school zones requires extra caution. New York City recently increased the number of speed cameras installed in school zones in an effort to slow down drivers and prevent crashes​. The cameras operate Monday through Friday, from 6 am to 10 pm all year round, regardless of whether school is in session. But driving slowly in a school zone is only one of the safety steps you need to take.

Double parking in a school zone--even if it's just for a quick drop off or pick up--is against New York State traffic law. Failing to stop behind a school bus when it is loading or discharging passengers is also against the law. In fact, you must stop for a school bus even if it is on the opposite side of the road. ​When stopping for a school bus, ​be sure not drive again until the bus lights stop flashing or when a traffic officer signals that you can proceed.

The fines for not stopping behind a school bus can be steep and range from a minimum of $250 for a first violation to a maximum of $1,000 for three violations in three years. ​It is a 5-point violation. ​Your driver's license will be revoked if you are convicted of three of these violations in three years.

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