The Pinellas County school year was set to start Monday, and Sheriff's Office deputies reminded students and parents to be wary as they head out on the roads. School crossing guards were posted at 187 posts around the county from 6:20 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bay News 9 traffic reporter Chuck Henson said Monday's commute hadn't become too hectic as of 8 a.m. But parents heading back out on the roads and dropoff and pickup lines were expected to clog some streets, especially when Hillsborough students begin contributing to the rush.
"Tomorrow, when Hillsborough starts, then it will become crazy time," Henson said.
Parents and children were reminded to cross the street only in designated zones and students biking to school should always wear a helmet, deputies said.
Traffic enforcement will also be heavier around school zones, and drivers should be aware of lowered speed limits. Buses, cars, walkers and bikers traveling at a higher volume were also expected, so drivers were reminded to exercise caution and add a few minutes to their morning commute.