Students in Shawnee head back to school for a new school year Thursday, Aug. 16, so police want to remind motorists to watch school zones and to stop for those flashing school bus lights.

To help get drivers back in the habit of watching school zones, the Shawnee Police Department will be utilizing its speed zone trailer and moving it to various school zones, said Cpl. Vivian Lozano-Stafford.

While everyone will be busy trying to get to work or to get children to school on time, she reminds drivers to be cautious, especially around cross walks and speed zones.

Drivers also are reminded to stop for school buses with flashing lights that are loading and unloading students, which is required by law. Failure to do some can mean some hefty citations for either offense, and drivers also can lose their driver license for failure to stop for a bus when its lights are flashing.