Watch out: back to school season brings new road hazards

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) Sherman, Ada and Gainesville are just a few of many districts starting school this week, and with kids heading back to the classrooms, it means more traffic out on the streets and school zones back in effect.

With more cars and buses back out on the roads and children crossing the street, officers say their biggest concern they have for the first day is for people to pay attention to their surroundings.

"Whenever the lights are flashing you need to make sure that you're slowing down to that speed," said Sherman Police Sergeant Brett Mullen.

He said if you see a school bus stopped with its red lights flashing, you need to stop.

"You can't pass the vehicle until those lights are off and it starts moving again," Mullen said.

Mullen said school zone violators will likely get a citation that could cost anywhere from $5 to $500, and that's just for going over the limit by just a few miles.

It isn't just the fine that drivers should be worried about.

Kim McQuigg, a working mother of two, said she was driving her children and her son's friend to their first day of school last week when she was hit from behind by a distracted driver.

"It hit us," McQuigg said. "The car had been going about 60 miles an hour."

McQuigg said she stopped for a bus with flashing lights.

While she and the three children are okay, she has a message for the other drivers.

"When you see a flashing light, that's a child's life flashing before your eyes." McQuigg said.