Safe driving is a key component of safe communities. With the upcoming start of school and Labor Day holiday weekend, the McKinney Police Department reminds all drivers in McKinney to obey traffic laws and drive safely.
The new school year starts Aug. 22 in McKinney, and drivers are reminded to look for school zone speed limits and be aware that the use of a mobile communication device is prohibited. On Friday, Aug. 19, school zone flashing lights will be activated for testing during the normal school times. This will allow crews to make any necessary repairs before the start of the school year on Monday.
When the school zone hours are in effect, drivers of a car in motion are only allowed to use hands-free devices in a school zone, and cell phone use is allowed in a vehicle when it is stopped. It is permissible for passengers in the cars to use cell phones. There are exceptions for medical, fire or police related emergencies.
“Using a cell phone to talk or send messages while driving distracts drivers and increases safety risks and creates a danger to school children. We want to do everything we can to limit those risks and keep students and drivers safe,” said Assistant Chief of Police Randy Roland of the Police Field Operations Bureau.
Drivers caught using a cell phone to send text messages or place calls without a hands-free device in a school zone while operating a vehicle could receive a warning for the first offense or up to a $200 fine.
Many celebrate the end of summer over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Drinking and driving is always illegal and life-threatening. The McKinney Police Department will again increase manpower on the streets focused on drinking and driving in the days leading up and during the Labor Day holiday weekend. More patrol to keep the streets safe is made possible by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Officers will participate with state for the “No-Refusal” campaign. Search warrants will be sought to obtain blood samples for drivers being investigated for suspicion of DWI and who refuse to provide a blood or breath specimen.
“Drunk driving is a huge safety threat, and the tragedies that it causes are preventable if drivers don’t drink and drive. Our patrol officers in McKinney will specifically target drivers who demonstrate behaviors consistent with drinking and driving. Extra measures like this can save lives,” said Chief of Police Doug Kowalski.