Drivers told to slow down near schools
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.”
Karratha police urged motorists to slow down.