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Motorists reminded schools back

MOTORISTS are reminded to be alert and slow down, especially in
40kmh school zones, as children return to school this week following their school holiday break.
Ambulance NSW say motorists, parents and carers have a role to play ensuring children are kept safe on their way to and from school, releasing a number of basic safety tips.Drivers are especially asked to be aware of their speed:
• Be vigilant when approaching pedestrian crossings as children often run straight across without stopping and looking. In residential and school areas, watch out for children on or near the road;
• Remember 40km speed zones around schools remain in effect until the gazetted end of the school year;
• Please slow down and watch out for vulnerable road users like pedestrians,
cyclists and motorcyclists; and
• Drive with care and caution – expect the unexpected when children are about.
Parents and carers can play their part too:
• Set a good example when crossing roads by using marked crossings and
waiting for the green ‘walk’ sign at traffic lights;
• Teach your children about road safety from an early age – Look Right, Look Left and Look Right again;
• Remember if your child is 10 years old or less, you should be holding their
hand;
• Cross at designated crossings and if a traffic controller is on duty always obey their commands;
• When crossing, never assume cars will see you or stop; and
• Talk to older children about road safety and looking after younger siblings.

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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