Back to School – School Zone Laws

Many area schools are back in session. School zones in Texas have special speed limits and traffic laws that must be obeyed during certain times of the day or if an indicator light is flashing yellow. School zones are clearly marked by both the speed limits and active times. Watch for children and extra traffic. There may be  special speed limits and traffic laws that apply near school zones during mornings and afternoons. Cell phone usage is prohibited by state laws when driving through an active school zone. Exempt from this law, are vehicles that are stopped, drivers using hands free devices, or making a call to emergency services such as police, medical, fire or other first responders.

From the Texas Department of Transportation

More than a million children and teens depend on buses to get them safely to and from the more than 9,000 Texas schools every day. They also depend on motorists to know the law and drive safely around school buses.

Texas School Bus Law

  • Stop for flashing red lights on a school bus, regardless of which direction you’re headed.
  • Continue your trip once the bus has moved, the flashing lights stop flashing or the bus driver signals it’s okay to pass.
  • Violations can lead to a $1,000 fine.

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Obey the posted speed limit.
  • Fines double in school zones.
  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
  • Watch for children who might dart across the street to catch the bus.

Tips for Students

Respect your school bus driver and follow these rules:

  • Stand far back when you are waiting for the bus.
  • Sit still so the driver can pay attention to the road.
  • Look both ways if you have to cross the street after getting off the bus, or wait for the driver to signal it’s safe to cross the street.

OUR BLOG FOCUS
Media, Publishing and Sales
News from our markets / Travel and Technology
Hospitality: Restaurants and Lodging
Events and Attractions

We trust our team of publishers to create the products and services that help millions of guests who use our maps to have a more enjoyable stay in the community they are visiting. We take a lot of pride in offering the best possible product to our hotel partners. And working with the area’s best businesses is a lot fun. Our brands offer significant income potential to publishers because our advertisers see significant return on their exposure to hotels guests looking for their products and services. We’re looking for more like-minded entrepreneurs who want to join us.

You can learn more about our Product, Process and People here.

Social Media plays a big part of our digital product. Each map area manages a Facebook page that highlight their sponsors/community Facebook posts. Below is our Facebook company page and several of our map area pages.  Which can also be viewed on each map area page.

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

2 days ago

Front Desk USA

Right now we have printing and distribution on hold in all of our markets. When normalcy returns to the hospitality industry we will be back to help visitors with our local area maps while they stay in the hotels. We are inviting businesses to try SMS/Text messaging at no cost. Check us out. We want to help. ... See MoreSee Less

Right now we have printing and distribution on hold in all of our markets. When normalcy returns to the hospitality industry we will be back to help visitors with our local area maps while they stay in the hotels. We are inviting businesses to try SMS/Text messaging at no cost. Check us out. We want to help.

3 weeks ago

Front Desk USA

Safe travels are still in the future. Be safe.I’ve been hosting travel shows for 21 years and in that time I have gone thru 9-11 where I had to get back to work a week after, the financial crisis of 2007 There was H1N1, floods, fires and volcanic eruptions. All of these events abruptly changed my immediate course of travel and threatened to change how we travel as a whole. But one thing I’ve learned in two decades is that Travel Comes Back.

I’ve also learned that when I watch the news it feels like the world is ending and when I head outside in my community as well as travel abroad I know it is not.

Clearly there are people who should not be traveling now —also obvious where we can’t go for awhile. But what is unclear and therefore most difficult to take is how unpredictable all our lives have become.

But Travel Comes Back.

And soon you will want to go somewhere anywhere to prove that as human beings it is impossible for us to keep our social distance.

As of March 11 there are no federal guidelines stopping any travel in the United States. International travel makes us uneasy because of how rapidly things are changing. Believe me, I get it. It’s not just me I worry about but 6 crew members who I love as well as caring about the people we interact with.

A little fact that I know and love is that simply the act of PLANNING travel puts us in the same psychological happy-go-lucky place as BEING in a destination. Did you know that?

So dream and PLAN your next trip for this spring and summer because right now your Mental Health is just as important. What makes us happier makes us healthier.
Here are 3 things to know:
1. Most airlines are waving fees for future travel. Check the airlines
2. Get a Travel Agent. their job is to navigate this world and be your advocate. AAA travel agents are a great source of knowledge and peace of mind. Full disclosure they help fund my travel series on PBS and I’m really proud of them and their support of me.
3. Call cruiselines, hotels travel outfitters. talk to a person about their cancellation fee. they want to hear from you and are doing a lot so you’ll come.

In the words of Steve Perry (who I once had a dream we hosted a travel show together).
“Don’t Stop Believing”.
... See MoreSee Less

Safe travels are still in the future. Be safe.

4 weeks ago

Front Desk USA

So many places, so little time.What destination is calling you? AAA.com/AAARoadTrips #AAARoadTrips #AAATravel #LiveToTravel ... See MoreSee Less

So many places, so little time.

News from some of our markets

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Thanks for keeping Houston Moving Houston METRO.This Monday, METRO is making more adjustments to bus and rail schedules. All Park & Ride routes, except those serving the Texas Medical Center, are suspended. Read and be informed about all the service adjustments bit.ly/2Ucp0WS ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks for keeping Houston Moving Houston METRO.
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

The South Mouth Deli!!Hey y’all, we will be at Lake Serene tomorrow, Monday April 6th, at 5:30 in the evening!
Please share with your friends. We will start taking phone orders at 10am until 3pm. Call (601) 264-3252. 👇🏻 Menu below 👇🏻
... See MoreSee Less

The South Mouth Deli!!
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

The Strawberry Cafe!!Family Meals To Go....give us a couple of hours and we’ll feed the family...call 601-856-3822 for more information!!! We’ll even carry it out to you if you prefer to not come in! #supportlocal #eatlocal #familyfirst

UPDATE: we’ve added a few items!
... See MoreSee Less

The Strawberry Cafe!!

Primos Cafe... ... See MoreSee Less

Little Willie's BBQ!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Little Willies BBQ!!!
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Looking for something fun to do on Spring Break? Don't forget about Gator Country! What a great day trip! ... See MoreSee Less

Looking for something fun to do on Spring Break? Dont forget about Gator Country! What a great day trip!

The most important meal of the day with that special someone.Hosting a Valentine's Day party or work event? Your guests will love our kolaches, and you’ll love the convenience of ordering ahead at KolacheFactoryToGo.com for a no-hassle pick up. ... See MoreSee Less

The most important meal of the day with that special someone.
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

It is that time of year! Visitors, now is the time to schedule your next trip to Houston. RODEOHOUSTONNOW ON SALE: Tickets for our 2020 RODEOHOUSTON concerts are now on sale! Get yours here: smarturl.it/RH20FB_Tickets ... See MoreSee Less

It is that time of year! Visitors, now is the time to schedule your next trip to Houston. RODEOHOUSTON
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Thanks for keeping Houston Moving Houston METRO.This Monday, METRO is making more adjustments to bus and rail schedules. All Park & Ride routes, except those serving the Texas Medical Center, are suspended. Read and be informed about all the service adjustments bit.ly/2Ucp0WS ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks for keeping Houston Moving Houston METRO.
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Here's a tool for small business. This may be a way for you to connect better with your customer during these trying times. It's FREE just follow the instructions and get your textword today. ... See MoreSee Less

Heres a tool for small business. This may be a way for you to connect better with your customer during these trying times. Its FREE just follow the instructions and get your textword today.

Travel and technology

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

1 month ago

Genius Pack

When adventure comes your way, gear up with the best travel companion available on the market today. All Genius Pack products come with organizational features that you cannot find anywhere else. Check out our website at: www.geniuspack.com for more information on our products! ... See MoreSee Less

When adventure comes your way, gear up with the best travel companion available on the market today. All Genius Pack products come with organizational features that you cannot find anywhere else. Check out our website at: www.geniuspack.com for more information on our products!
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Hospitality: Restaurants and Lodging

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

3 days ago

Marriott Hotels

Share your love of travel with Marriott Bonvoy’s travel frame. Tap ‘Try It’ to apply to your profile photo.We will travel again. Soon, we will step out from behind our screens and explore this wonderful world again. Until then, share your love of travel with our travel frame. Tap ‘Try It’ to apply to your profile photo. ... See MoreSee Less

Share your love of travel with Marriott Bonvoy’s travel frame. Tap ‘Try It’ to apply to your profile photo.
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

9 hours ago

Hilton

One million ‘thank-yous’ to the frontline medical professionals who are working to keep us safe: we’ve partnered with American Express to donate up to one million hotel room nights so that these healthcare heroes have a comfortable place to stay between shifts and a way to protect their families from potential exposure to COVID-19. #HotelsForHeroes ms.spr.ly/6186TeoxY ... See MoreSee Less

One million ‘thank-yous’ to the frontline medical professionals who are working to keep us safe: we’ve partnered with American Express to donate up to one million hotel room nights so that these healthcare heroes have a comfortable place to stay between shifts and a way to protect their families from potential exposure to COVID-19. #HotelsForHeroes http://ms.spr.ly/6186TeoxY
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

We recognize that COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s plans and we want to help you focus on the health and safety of your family, friends and loved ones – not your loyalty status. So we’re taking care of that for you. All BWR members will maintain their current status through January 31, 2022. Learn more at:
www.bestwestern.com/en_US/about/press-media/2020-press-releases/bwr-status-extension.html
... See MoreSee Less

We recognize that COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s plans and we want to help you focus on the health and safety of your family, friends and loved ones – not your loyalty status. So we’re taking care of that for you. All BWR members will maintain their current status through January 31, 2022. Learn more at:
https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/about/press-media/2020-press-releases/bwr-status-extension.html
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

3 days ago

Choice Hotels

Thank you to all of the essential workers on the front lines working hard to keep our communities safe. If you have to travel in this unprecedented and difficult time, Choice Hotels remains open with over 5,000 hotels across the U.S. #inthistogether #choicecares ch.social/61861xIam ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to all of the essential workers on the front lines working hard to keep our communities safe.  If you have to travel in this unprecedented and difficult time, Choice Hotels remains open with over 5,000 hotels across the U.S. #InThisTogether #ChoiceCares http://ch.social/61861xIam
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

The safety of our guests and team members around the world is our top priority. We hope you stay safe and healthy, and when you’re ready, we look forward to welcoming you at one of our hotels. Learn more at wyndhamhotels.com/covid-19 ... See MoreSee Less

The safety of our guests and team members around the world is our top priority. We hope you stay safe and healthy, and when you’re ready, we look forward to welcoming you at one of our hotels. Learn more at wyndhamhotels.com/covid-19

Media, marketing, publishing and sales

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

5 hours ago

Jeffrey Gitomer

Motivation Monday!
How to go from stir crazy to having a successful day
... See MoreSee Less

6 hours ago

Jeffrey Gitomer

It is important to be aware of some practical realities when trying to accomplish the task of satisfying the customer. They are:

🗣️ The customer knows exactly how they want it, or exactly what they want, but may be a lousy communicator and not tell you completely, or tell you in a way that is difficult to understand.

🗣️ Remember you’re the customer elsewhere and think of how you expect service when you’re the customer.

🗣️ Every customer thinks they’re the only one you’ve got… treat them that way. Make the customer feel important.

🗣️ The customer is human and has problems just like we do.

🗣️ The customer expects service at the flip of a switch.

🗣️ It all boils down to you. The customer’s perception is reality.

It all boils down to you.

Ask yourself, how big a deal is it to try to give them what they want?
... See MoreSee Less

It is important to be aware of some practical realities when trying to accomplish the task of satisfying the customer. They are:

🗣️ The customer knows exactly how they want it, or exactly what they want, but may be a lousy communicator and not tell you completely, or tell you in a way that is difficult to understand.

🗣️ Remember you’re the customer elsewhere and think of how you expect service when you’re the customer.

🗣️ Every customer thinks they’re the only one you’ve got… treat them that way. Make the customer feel important.

🗣️ The customer is human and has problems just like we do.

🗣️ The customer expects service at the flip of a switch.

 🗣️ It all boils down to you. The customer’s perception is reality.

It all boils down to you. 

Ask yourself, how big a deal is it to try to give them what they want?

#########################

Front Desk USA is more than a pretty piece of paper

It means business for your business. With over a 1,000 hotels currently using Front Desk USA maps and tens of thousands being viewed by hotel guests each day, Front Desk USA is the, “go-to” visitor information guide for hotels. The maps are designed to assist hotel guests with questions they may have about the area around the hotel. Our maps are custom drawn to be specific to a geographic area. This means an advertiser can reach a specific number of hotel guests in their area. Front Desk USA maps focus on categories that are most important to hotel guests such as where to EAT, where to SHOP and where to PLAY. Publishers monitor hotels to ensure adequate inventory at all times. Hotels can order additional maps anytime at no charge. Now we have added custom  welcome website pages creating even more opportunity for exposure from additional marketing and promotions using social media. Just search Facebook for Front Desk USA.

About Front Desk USA:
Hotels have at their fingertips all of the information they might need to guide their guests. Our maps can answer almost any question a guest might ask the hotel staff about the area around them. Many of our maps cover large metropolitan areas, and our maps assist guests with making their way to airports, etc. The maps pinpoint selected area restaurants (EAT) that are family-friendly fun and which have the best tasting food in the area of course. The maps also include shopping areas (SHOP) and pinpoint pharmacies and hospitals, etc. Area attractions (PLAY) are also are pinpointed, like museums, golf courses and parks and amusement venues.

 #########################