TULSA - Students at Tulsa Public Schools return to classes Monday as the doors open for the 2012-2013 school year.
You've heard the slogan -- "School's Open. Drive Safely." Police and firefighters are out in full force Monday making sure motorists do just that.
Police advise drivers to be more cautious in the morning and afternoon hours for more foot and bicycle traffic, especially in school zones.
A new law is in effect this year that attaches harsh penalties to school zone violations like passing school buses that are actively flashing their lights. Drivers are cited and convicted, said Officer Craig Murray, Tulsa Police Department traffic coordinator.
Murray says those drivers risk fines anywhere from $250 to $500 and the possibility of losing their licenses for up to 18 months.
Parents should also talk to their children about using crosswalks and looking both ways before entering traffic.
For bicyclists, Murray says they need to be sure to stop at stop signs and stop lights and follow the flow of traffic. Stay as close to the side of the street as possible.
As you head to work or school this week, remember to stay alert to help avoid any back-to-school related accidents.
What day does your child return to school? What are the days they're not in class? What supplies do they need? Check out our Back to School guide . You'll find area school districts' 2012-2013 calendars and school supplies lists.