Education
12:46 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Austin Drivers Should Slow Down in School Zones Today Though Lights May Not Flash

Many area school kids are in class today despite the Presidents' Day holiday. They’re making up for a day missed due to winter weather.

City of Austin Transportation crews are working to manually re-program flashing school zone lights warning drivers to slow down. But only about one-sixth were ready before the start of school this morning.

“If a driver comes up to a school zone and they know that the school is in session and the flasher aren’t going, they should use that same level of caution, drive slower and be aware of students in the area," city spokesperson Samantha Park said.

The lights are automatically programmed to coincide with the school schedule and have to be over-ridden manually. There are about 600 lighted school zone signs in the city.

Many school districts will have to make up a second missed day later in the school year. Some have designated April 18th – Good Friday – for the makeup day. Others will give up their Memorial Day holiday.

Click here for a complete list of the makeup days for area districts.