Greetings Baytown Sun readers, let me take a minute to introduce myself to the family. I’m Officer Randell Morris a native Baytonian and a police officer in this beautiful bayou city of Baytown for the past 10 years. As a certified Crime Prevention specialist for the last five years, I have been part of the Crime Prevention Unit which brings us to the monthly start of the Crime Prevention Corner.

As everyone is aware, unless you’ve been fishing in Cedar Bayou all summer, school is starting up again next week. I would like to offer a few tips in regards to school zones, cell phones, and speed limits. Be mindful that there will be more traffic at all local surrounding schools than Garth Road on Saturday.

School buses will be loading and unloading kids during your morning commute and when you are returning home from your very busy day at work. Watch out for crossing guards and kids crossing the street. Pay attention to posted speed limit signs and avoid using your cell phones in school zones. Be on the defensive with kids riding their bicycles. When we were kids and we rode our bikes to school, we were a little careless too. 

Remember not all schools are created equally. Follow all traffic rules, signs and signals. Pay attention to parents picking up kids and dropping off their kids. Also, be aware of weather conditions. And one last tip, maybe the most important, please do not pass a school bus with its red lights flashing. 

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