Contact: Rhonda Oaks

Phone: (936) 633-4395

Date: Feb. 6, 2019

In an effort to enhance the safety of motorists traveling US 69 North through the Central ISD school zones, TxDOT and TxDPS are combining efforts to raise awareness of reduced speed limits and studying possible changes through the area.

Multiple crashes have occurred recently in or near the school zones. Because of these incidents, TxDOT has begun studying the school zones and what areas could be improved, corrected or changed. TxDPS has placed troopers through the area to enforce reduced speed limits and help keep motorists alert.

“Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers work daily enforcing Texas traffic laws to ensure the safety of school-aged students as well as all of the motoring public. Motorists are encouraged to be patient and exercise caution while traveling in and around school zones,” said Sgt. David Hendry, DPS Highway Patrol Education officer.  

Motorists should expect early morning and afternoon congestion and stay alert to school zone speed limits, buses entering and exiting school property and school officers attempting to direct traffic through school zones.

“We know that at certain times of the year the rising sun is unforgiving and directly in the eyes of southbound motorists on US 69 North and that is something beyond our control,” said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. “In addition, there are those traveling this busy highway who are not aware of the school zones and merging or turning traffic. This creates a safety issue that we want to study.”

DPS troopers will be present throughout the area working to enforce reduced speed limits and promote the safety of the traveling public.


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