Slow down, school is back
DRIVERS are being urged to drive carefully in school areas and to remeber the 40km/h speed limit during pick up and drop off times.
VicRoads acting North East regional director Steve McCallum said it was everyone’s job to keep kids safe.
“So slow down, look up, be alert and take extra care,” he said.
“A small reduction in speed can dramatically increase the chance of a child surviving if hit by a car.
“Crashes involving children around schools can happen quickly.
“Reducing your speed to 40km/h can make a big difference when you are trying to pull up suddenly.”
Mr McCallum said there is no excuse for speeding in school zones.
“It’s very clear when you are approaching a school zone,” he said.
“The school speed zone limits are clearly communicated with permanent speed limit signs, advance warning signs, time based signs or electronic variable signs.”
Speed limits around schools are reduced from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm to coincide with the school rush.
Police are enforcing the reduced speed limits for the safety of the community.