School holidays are over and as the children head back to the classroom motorists are reminded to slow down and watch out for youngsters as the new school term begins, and school zones came back into force.
Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary for Safety, Environment and Regulation, Tara McCarthy, said drivers must remain vigilant in school zones which are generally in place from 8 to 9.30am and from 2.30 to 4pm.
“With the state dealing with more wet weather, it is particularly important to stay safe on our roads and we are reminding motorists to take extra care, especially in school zones,” Ms McCarthy said.
“I’m reminding all motorists to slow down near schools. Just a couple of kilometres over the speed limit could be the difference between being able to stop in time or not at all.”
Ms McCarthy said school zones are clearly marked with flashing lights and school zone signs.
Speeds are limited to 40kph within these designated zones and drivers risk large fines starting from $609 and the loss of five demerit points, climbing to $2676 and seven demerit points for the most serious breaches.
“More than one million students travel to and from school each day and their safety is our top priority, please slow down near schools and remain extra vigilant particularly near bus stops, school crossings and Kiss and Ride Zones,” Ms McCarthy said.
For more information on school zones visit The Centre for Road Safety site and school road safety education site Safety Town https://www.safetytown.com.au/.