With students going back to school
next week, parents and motorists are being urged to obey the traffic
“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
“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