Numerous school districts across North Texas will welcome students to the 2012-2013 school year on Monday.

School zones will be in effect -- which means drivers need to slow down, observe the speed limit in school zones, watch for children and school buses, and stay off the phone.

The Allen Police Department would like to remind all drivers that if they get caught speeding in a school zone, they can expect to pay an average of $211, according to a new survey by Allstate Insurance. 

The company recently surveyed 80 police departments and municipal courts to find out the average cost of a speeding ticket in a school zone for driving 10 miles per hour over the limit. Allstate conducted the survey to remind drivers to slow down and pay attention in school zones, especially as many students head back to class soon.

Police are looking for more than just speeders in school zones. Drivers caught violating laws prohibiting cell phone use in school zones without a hands-free device, can end up paying as much as $327 in some cities.

To be on the safe side, the Allen Police Department offers the following recommendations for drivers:

  • Drive slowly in school zones. Watch for children in the road and always obey crossing guards.
  • Put down your phone, breakfast, make-up, etc. and focus on driving.
  • Be alert and patient around school buses and bus stops -- and while driving through school parking lots.

Officers urge you and your loved ones to have a safe school year.