Slow in school zones
School is back and as of this week school zones will be in operation and all schools will become a busy place with undoubtedly very excited students and parents.
Police from the Maryborough Patrol Group are reminding all motorist about the importance of paying attention and obeying the road rules, especially when driving near schools.
Parents are reminded to park in the designated areas to ensure that children are not put at risk by walking out onto roadways between parked cars.
Young children are especially vulnerable when it comes to traffic because they cannot judge the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles.
It is always a good idea for parents to discuss the rules for school zones with their children and provide them with clear instructions on how to stay safe during drop-off and pick-up times.
This includes reminding children to wear an approved safety helmet when riding a bike, how to use a pedestrian crossing correctly and remember to stop and look before crossing a road.
Police officers will be targeting:
Speeding, most school zones are 40km/h at designated times
Parking and no standing zone offences in relation to the drop-off and pick-up of children at schools
School crossings Any other offences detected around schools, including drink driving, defective vehicles, seat belts and general traffic enforcement activities.
So allow a little extra time for your trip because of the increase in traffic around schools and this will go a long way towards ensuring the safety of children on their return to school.
— Senior Constable Leigh Nancarrow, Queensland Police