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BURLESON  (CBSDFW.COM) – Many public schools in North Texas go back into session next Monday. But as you head out on the roadways now, you might notice some school zones that have flashing warning lights already on.

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As with education in general – it’s all about the testing and that’s exactly what’s happening in the Burleson Independent School District.

School zone signs will be flashing on and off all day Wednesday in Burleson. City public works crews are out checking on the signs. The crews will be going to every elementary, middle and high school making sure the flashers are turning on and off during the correct times.

The city of Burleson maintains more than 19 of the school zone flashing signs. The signs are meant to remind all drivers to slow down near a school zone – for the sake of the children and people inside vehicles.

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Aaron Russell, the director of public works in Burleson, said, “We are doing our best to keep them [drivers] safe, but we ask that they do their part as well and slow down and watch for kids.”

Parents say after a long summer they need to refresh their memory. Burleson mom Sheridan Whitehead said, “School is right around the corner and some people… even me I’m like ‘oh its about to start.’ I would like to know it’s [flashing signs] working and on time.”

Drivers should also remember that the use of cell phones is banned in school zones, with fines that can be up to $200.

Starting Monday extra police officers will be out, in Burleson and across North Texas; making sure drivers are slowing down near school zones.

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