PECATONICA — Illinois State Police District 16 Capt. Carl Heintz is reminding motorists that area schools are beginning the new school year, which means there will be an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic around schools.

The speed limit in school zones is 20 mph and is in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days when children are present. Motorists are reminded that driving while talking on a hand-held cellular device is strictly prohibited, as well as texting while driving. A first-time offense and any subsequent offense is considered a moving violation.

Motorists approaching a stopped school bus with lights activated and a sign extended must stop their vehicle before reaching the school bus. Failure to do so can result in a $150 fine and a three-month driver’s license suspension. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk.

For information: 847-846-4396.