Xin Xin Liu, News9.com
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, AAA Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City Public Schools held a news conference on Monday to remind people that school starts August 1 in Oklahoma City.
According to Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, the district is starting a year round school schedule so classes are starting earlier. They want to remind people to start making a mental note to be aware of school zones.
In Oklahoma, speeding through a school zone can cost you a $256 ticket plus court costs. Students will also be out and about walking to school so drivers will need to be aware to avoid any automobile-pedestrian crashes.
AAA Oklahoma offers some back to school driving safety tips for drivers:
* Ditch distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing
*Stay alert. Don't rush into and out of driveways. Anticipate that you will encounter pedestrians on sidewalks, around schools, and in neighborhoods.
*Stop at stop signs.
*Watch for bikes.
*Brake for buses.
07/25/2011 Related Story: OKC Schools Begin Continuous Calendar In One Week.