AUSTIN -- Drivers are being urged to use caution in school zones on Monday.
Samantha Park with the City of Austin Transportation Department said that hundreds of school zone flashers were turned off during the morning commute.
The more than 600 flashers in Austin are pre-programmed to align with school schedules. Since Monday is Presidents' Day and was originally scheduled to be a school holiday, the flashers weren't programmed to activate.
However, Austin ISD announced in early February that the day would be used as a bad weather make-up day.
Park says approximately 300 of the flashers require manual activation. Crews began working on Sunday to reschedule those flashers.
Elementary schools and middle schools were the top priority for signal changes.
By 9:00 a.m. Park says 47 of those manually-activated flashers were operating.
Crews continue working to establish service to the remaining units by the time class lets out for the day, however there will likely still be some areas that aren't operating as normal.
Drivers are urged to continue treating school zones with the same caution and follow the same lower speed limits during afternoon commutes.