Texas drivers will have some new laws to look out for when they hit the road September 1, 2013.
If you have a cell phone, drive in school zones, or find yourself passing school buses when their lights are flashing, listen up.
Using your cell phone is already off limits in a school zone when it's in session, but starting September 1, the ban extends to all school property, including parking lots and drop off lanes.
If you're caught, you face a fine of up to $200.
The fine for passing a school bus when its lights are flashing has also gone up.
It used to be $200 to $1,000, starting September 1st, it will be $500 to $1,250.
There will also be an increased fine on speeding in school zones.
Officials say the reason for new law is to "point the problem out."
We spoke with a parent who lives across the street from a school.
She says she backs the increased fines 100%
She says, "usually it's teenage kids that are late to high school. They don't think about little kids running around."
Parents say they support even more changes that could be on the horizon, like adding crosswalks to several campuses
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