16 April 2015 School Zones Plea

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16 April 2015 School Zones Plea

With students going back to school next week, parents and motorists are being urged to obey the traffic
rules in school zones.


“To keep everyone safe, we’re asking parents dropping off their children, and motorists driving past schools, to please stick to the no parking, no stopping and speed restrictions,” said Anne Shearer, Council’s Road Safety and Transport Officer. 

“It’s vital that people recognise that the rules are there purely for the safety of the children.”

Drivers are also being reminded of the hefty penalties for committing offences within school zones.

 

“Double parking in a school zone, stopping in a No Stopping zone or stopping in a Bus Zone will cost $311 and two demerit points,” said Ms Shearer.

“Plus parking for longer than two minutes in a drop-off area can cost you $173 and two demerit points, while stopping on or near a pedestrian crossing will get you a fine of $415 and two demerit points.

 

“Children should always be dropped off and picked up safely, even if you have to park further away and walk the extra distance to the gate. Illegal parking puts children at unnecessary risk.”

Earlier this year, in response to complaints about the dangers being created by parents not obeying the road rules in school zones, Council’s Rangers carried out a four-week blitz at schools around the local government area.

 

In that time, a total of 40 infringement notices were issued.

For more information on school zone parking offences and penalties, check out the Centre for Road Safety at http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au