The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office would like to remind motorists of their A-B-C’s “always be cautious”. With school in session here are some basic Traffic Laws for the traveling public and pedestrians to remember when approaching school zones.
General traffic laws for Pedestrians and Motorist:
- No person shall exceed fifteen miles per hour while driving a vehicle on a highway while passing through school zones.
- A traveling vehicle shall yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within designated walk ways.
- Every pedestrian crossing the roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk, or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield at the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
- Motorist shall not pass school busses when they display their stop sign and signal flashing lights.
- Bus lights are indicators for motorists to advise others in the area that they are in the process of receiving or discharging children.
Safety is a tool in which we all must apply as our children return back to school, please continue to educate others of our ABC’s “always be cautious” and to be alert when passing through or near school zones. In addition, make sure to look both ways when crossing an intersection as pedestrians and cyclists may be near the area.
Tom Church, Secretary of the NMODT stated. “Taking the necessary precautionary measures should be a priority for every family as children return back to school. It is important for parents to obey traffic laws, and to be aware of proper safety precautions which can be shared with their children in order to keep them safe throughout the school year.”