As kids head back to class, school zone enforcement will be ramping up around East Texas in the coming weeks.

Tyler ISD Police Chief Danny Brown said that even if the school zones make your commute to work longer, slowing down saves lives.

“You never know when a kid may get out and run in front of you,” Officer Brown said.

According to Sergeant Jean Dark with the Department of Public Safety, troopers will conduct “ride-alongs” aboard school buses to catch drivers running school bus stop signs.

“A first time offense for passing a school bus can be up to 1000 dollars,” Sergeant Dark said.

Officer Brown recommends leaving for work a little early to avoid any school zone related stress.

“It’s all about safety,” he said.