Officials warn drivers to take heed of traffic laws ahead of first day of school

Local News

2018 August 13

Mother, Shena Ferguson, says the safety of her first-grade daughter is her top priority.

Getting her to school in one piece is a must.

She is so concerned about it, she takes her to and from school every day.

“I drive her to school,” said Ferguson. “The bus, I don’t really care for the bus driving because a lot of kids do a lot of things on the bus.”

Tuesday marks the first day for the El Dorado School District, and it’s promising that traffic is going to ramp up.

“It’s going to be busy, it’s going to be crazy,” she said. “People are going to be rushing in.”

Avoiding that at all costs is her game plan.

“I’ll try to get there early or kind of later because I don’t want to get caught up in that traffic like that.”

The El Dorado Police Department and El Dorado Fire Department are monitoring this week to make sure things go smoothly.

Speeding in school zones and illegally going around a stopped bus are two things that could cost your pockets more than what you’ve bargained for.

“Not only is morning school traffic a hectic time, but afternoon school traffic is a hectic time,” said Captain Kevin Holt, El Dorado Police Department.

He says illegally going around a stopped bus can be expensive.

On the point value system, it is equivalent to impaired driving.

According to, Anyone convicted of passing a stopped school bus will face any combination of a fine of $250-$1000, up to 90 days in jail, driver’s license suspension of 21 days to 1 year, and up to 400 hours of community service. And in cases like Isaac’s where the driver kills a student, he or she is guilty of negligent homicide, a class C felony.

A bill passed in 2011 says that drivers cannot go over 25 mph when passing a school building or school zone during school hours when children are present.

“No matter what the cost a ticket may be, there is nothing worse than the conscience of a driver who strikes a child,” said Holt. “We’re asking people to be extra vigilant in their drive to work in the mornings or just being out and about.”

Ferguson feels better knowing that officials are taking one more step to make sure schools are a little bit safer.

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