Slow down in school zones as students return
With our kids heading back to the classroom this week, school zones are again in place and motorists should keep an eye out for children.
Melvin Eveleigh, Director of Safe Systems and Programs at Transport for NSW said school zones are back in operation and are clearly marked with flashing lights and school zone signs.
“Although today and tomorrow (30th and 31st of January) are Teacher Development Days for some schools, school zones are in force across the state as both days are still gazetted school days,” Mr Eveleigh said.
“Some children may still be attending school from today so to help avoid confusion and ensure consistency, school zones will officially begin operation today.
“Children are some of our most vulnerable pedestrians and their safety should be everyone’s concern.”
Mr Eveleigh said school zones are generally in place from 8 to 9.30am and from 2.30 to 4pm, and motorists who don’t obey the rules face heavy fines and demerits.
“I’m reminding motorists to be vigilant in school zones by sticking to the speed limit and obeying the rules. Take particular care around bus stops, school crossings and Kiss and Ride Zones where children are often present in higher numbers.
“And remember whenever bus lights flash, it is vital everyone slows down to 40km/h because this means a bus is picking up or dropping off children.
"Just a couple of kilometres over the speed limit could be the difference between being able to stop in time or not at all,” Mr Eveleigh said.
Read more about school zones on the Transport for NSW website.