Driv­ers told to slow down near schools

Pilbara News - - Education - Louise Alling­ham

With the 2016 school year start­ing on Mon­day, po­lice are re­mind­ing mo­torists to obey the road rules and watch out for cross­ing stu­dents while driv­ing through school zones.

Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg of Ex­mouth po­lice said driv­ing over the 40km/h school zone speed limit was the main prob­lem.

“It’s just speed­ing gen­er­ally through the school zones that are the most com­mon mis­take — whether they are not pay­ing at­ten­tion to the signs or just dis­obey­ing them. There is no ex­cuse for it,” he said.

Some par­ents are even fail­ing to buckle up dur­ing the school run.

“Make sure that every­one’s wear­ing their seat­belt. A lot of par­ents only do short trips to drop their kids off at school and they cer­tainly ne­glect to throw their seat belt on,” Sgt Van Den Berg said.

He said af­ter a long break, peo­ple tended to for­get the rules.

“Cer­tainly com­ing out of the Christ­mas pe­riod where peo­ple have gone a long pe­riod with­out the school zones be­ing in place, it’s quite easy to for­get they’re there, so we’d cer­tainly like to re­mind every­one to watch out for the school zones,” he said. “Slow down to the 40km/h and pro­tect the kids.”

Pic­ture: Cameron Myles

Kar­ratha po­lice urged mo­torists to slow down.

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