Back-to-school leads to backed up traffic, how to avoid it

Back-to-school leads to backed up traffic, how to avoid it

TYLER (KYTX) - Police are out in full force in school zones, making sure people are keeping their hands off their cell phones, and following speed limit laws. And at the same time -- parents are trying to deal with the slower speeds and all the extra cars on the road -- headed to the exact same place.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke to parents and shares some tips on getting around the school backup.

Parents said the first couple weeks of school always comes with major traffic back-up. But right now they're fine tuning the art of the pick-up -- and want to pass their advice along.

Up the street from rice elementary and around the corner on Old Bullard road are cars, and more cars.

"When I turned from the loop onto Old Bullard, it was about 30 minutes ago."

Even after that wait, Manuel Riviera has about 10 more minutes to go before he's close enough to pick up his son from school.

"Usually I can come in and out in about 10-15 minutes at most."

But he said the first few days of school, gridlock is to be expected.

"It's crazy it's crazy. I sat in line for like 20 minutes and decided to come over here and park.," said parent Brynn Ward.

Ward  has twp children to pick from two different schools -- she doesn't have time to wait. Monday she parked and walked to pick up her forth grade son Kyler.

"I kinda started to freak out like where is she," said Kyler when referencing how long it took his mother to pick him up.

But from now on Wade's changing her strategy. The wards recently moved to Tyler and had never seen school traffic like this before. So now, like many parents,she'll pick him up across the street.

"So he's gonna' be a Time Square Walker and a teacher is gonna walk him down to the cross walk so I can park here every day and not have to worry about traffic."

It's an easier alternative for many parents who may have older children, but Rivera who's son is only in second grade. He has to find other methods.

"I tried to come a little bit later and he complained that he was one of the last kids to be picked up but it was so much easier time wise to get in and out," he said.

If you can't come later to avoid the crowd -- try to come earlier to beat the rush. And carpooling can help alleviate the pressure too. No matter what method drivers choose -- school officials say please look out for fellow drivers and students.


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