Watch for children, with school zones back in force

MOTORISTS are reminded to slow down, keep watch for children, and obey school zone speed limits which come back into force with the commencement of Term 2 today (Monday, April 24).  

Sally Webb, Deputy Secretary of Safety, Environment and Regulation at Transport for NSW said school zones will be back in operation from today as it was an officially notified school day.  

“We are advising motorists that school zones are back in operation from Monday which is the official start of Term 2 in NSW,” Ms Webb said. 

“The regulations mean schools zones operate in NSW on all notified school days, including development days which are student-free days for most schools because some students may still attend their schools. 

“School zones are clearly marked, with flashing lights and signs so please take note of this warning, obey the law and slow down to avoid penalties and importantly reduce the risk of a serious crash.” 

Ms Webb said the first day of school in Term 2 coincided with the ANZAC double demerit period when point penalties were increased for offences although fines remained the same. 

“Double demerits will be in place from 12.01am Friday, April 21 to 11.59pm on Tuesday, April 25 for all speeding, seatbelt and mobile phone offences,” Ms Webb said. 

“Please drive safely in school zones by staying under the speed limit and keeping a look out for children especially-around bus stops, school crossings and Kiss and Ride Zones. We need everyone to work together to keep our children safe on our roads.” 

Ms Webb said roads are expected to be very busy with the end of school holidays and ANZAC Day public holiday.  

“We want everyone to get home safely so please stay under the speed limit, wear your seatbelt, put your phone away, and never drive if you’re affected by drugs or alcohol.” 

For more information on school zones, visit The Centre for Road Safety.

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A journalist, writer and 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been 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 Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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