NSW police remind drivers of school return

Date: Jul 17, 2014

After two weeks of clear roads with the term 2 school holidays, NSW police are reminding drivers across the state to be careful around school zones and respect speed restrictions.

With schools across the state reopening their doors this week, there will be more traffic in the early morning and pedestrians walking through suburbs and across intersections.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith explained the authorities will be out on the streets over the next week or so to make sure everyone is safe.

“With parents, children, teachers and support staff moving in and around schools during peak times, motorists need to be fully aware of the 40km/h speed limits in force.”

“Traffic and Highway Patrol Officers will continue to focus on speed, parking, and school crossing enforcement, to ensure that our kids are safe when going to, or coming from school,” he said.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith also stated that parents need to ensure that they teach their children good safety practices and some younger children may have forgotten rules over the break.

“It is also important for parents dropping their children to school to ensure that they are safe. So look out for buses, always park legally and safely and avoid dangerous manoeuvres, such as u-turns and three-point turns,” he explained.

“When dropping your children at school encourage them to exit the car on the kerb side, for their safety.”

According to Transport NSW, seven children aged 16 and under have been killed on state roads this year. This makes safety during transition periods such as after school holidays vitally important to preventing any more fatalities.

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