Slow in school zones

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

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