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Slow down near schools

Wednesday, 21st April, 2010

* Motorists are reminded to drive safely around schools. * Motorists are reminded to drive safely around schools.

Motorists have been reminded that school zones are back in action this week.

School resumed on Monday and with it the 40km/h speed zones that surround them. The zones operate between 8am and 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm. They are policed and speeding in those zones attracts fines and demerit points. Minister for Transport and Roads David Campbell said studies had shown that reducing the speed limit in school zones reduced the likelihood and severity of crashes involving children.

“Children’s safety to and from school is an important road safety issue. It is difficult for children to judge dangerous situations, which is why 40kmh school zones are in place,” he said. “Children are our most vulnerable road users and we need to do everything we can to keep them safe. “There is never any excuse for speeding or driving dangerously, but particularly not in school zones. “School zones are there to keep our children safe - which is why it is crucial everyone remembers they are in operation again . . .”

NRMA Insurance said yesterday that research showed almost 40 per cent of drivers were stressed when dropping off or collecting their children from school. NRMA spokesperson Emily Gatt said one in four drivers had admitted to ignoring parking signs or rules around schools. “We understand that everyone leads busy lives, which often means we can run late, however drivers should still make children’s safety a priority,” she said.

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