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Tougher Fines, New Discipline Law For New School Year

Updated: Monday, August 26 2013, 08:13 AM CDT
On Monday morning, the lazy days of summer and sleeping in are over for more than 86,000 Austin ISD students.

Starting around 7 a.m., police will be patrolling more than 120 schools to make sure those students get to class safely.

Police say they're focused on five simple steps you can take to keep kids safe on their way to school. Going over 20 mph, using your phone, not yielding to pedestrians: all off-limits starting Monday as APD cracks down in school zones for the next two weeks.

Same goes for aggressive driving and disregarding crossing guards. Not only will a speeding ticket run you more than $400, but starting September 1, passing a school bus thats loading and unloading will mean a $1,250 fine, up from $1,000.

Police will continue the Back to School Initiative through Friday, September 6. They say its the first of several planned for this school year. 

Starting this year, school bus drivers will have a new way to keep students safer on their buses, keep discipline, and fight back against bullying: they can now send kids to the principals office. It's all thanks to a new law, Senate Bill 1541, passed during the 2013 Texas Legislative

Session. Its designed to make your kids ride to school safer by keeping discipline and cutting down on bullying. As far as how much power drivers have and when they can use it, that depends on each school districts Student Code of Conduct.

The new law kicks in September 1. Tougher Fines, New Discipline Law For New School Year

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