With schools returning next week, parents
and motorists are being reminded to obey the traffic rules in school zones.
“School term officially starts on January 27
– even though it’s a pupil-free day for most schools – the usual school zone
restrictions will apply,” said Anne Shearer, Council’s Road Safety and Traffic
Officer. “It’s vital that people recognise that the rules are there purely for
the safety of the students.
“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.”
The 40kph speed restriction - from 8am-9.30am and 2.30pm-4pm - is
particularly important, said Ms Shearer, as driving slowly in school zones
allows extra time to respond if a child should run out into the road
“The severity of a crash is also reduced if
vehicles are driving slowly. The likelihood of killing a pedestrian when doing
50kph is double the chance of it happening at 40kph,” she said. “School zone
speed limits help by reducing speeds, but it’s also important for parents and
carers to park and turn legally around schools and avoid dangerous manoeuvres
like U-turns and three-point turns. 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 also puts children at
unnecessary risk, as it can obscure the view of motorists and children.”
Drivers are also being reminded
of the hefty penalties for committing offences within school zones.
“The minimum fine for speeding in a school
zone is $182 and two demerit points. Drivers going over 60km/h through a school
zone would cop a minimum $545 fine and five demerit points. Double parking in a
school zone or stopping in a bus zone will cost $311 and two demerit points.”
Council’s Rangers have high resolution
cameras fitted to their vehicles. These cameras allow them to patrol more
areas, more often. For more information on school zone parking offences and
penalties, check out the Centre for Road Safety at http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au