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Warning to motorists: School’s back next week

WITH the start of the school term, Wollongong City Council will use electronic messaging signs to remind drivers to slow down around schools.

The four signs include a speed detector that flashes the speed of cars driving through a school zone.

“This campaign is about reminding drivers to keep their speed below 40kmh in school zones and to watch out for vulnerable pedestrians such as school children,” Council’s Road Safety Officer Jack Harrison said.

“Speeding is a factor in about 40 per cent of crashes in NSW. It not only increases the risk of a crash, but also means the crash is likely to be more severe.”

Council’s school safety campaign isn’t limited to speeding. Mr Harrison says it will also focus on safe parking around schools.

“Drivers who park illegally at schools create confusion for other drivers and for the general traffic around schools,’’ he said.

‘’This is a safety hazard and puts children and other pedestrians at risk. It’s important to obey parking signs at schools to improve safety for school children, especially at peak pick up and drop off times.”

Mr Harrison said there will be banners outside selected schools reminding drivers not to park in Bus Zones or No Parking areas.

“Drivers risk a $265 fine and two demerit points for disobeying a No Stopping or Bus Zone sign, and a $147 fine and two demerit points for disobeying a No Parking Zone sign in a school zone.

“Additional enforcement will also be scheduled during this busy back-to-school period, so do not take risks”.

The 40kmh school zones generally apply on school days between 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm.

For more information you can visit Council’s website or call Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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