Slow down near schools to re­duce the fam­ily heart­break

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

With thou­sands of chil­dren re­turn­ing to school for the start of the 2016 ed­u­ca­tional year, we will also see the en­force­ment of spe­cially zoned speed lim­its around schools in the morn­ings and af­ter­noons.

Road safety au­thor­i­ties set the school zone lim­its to 40km/h at those spe­cific times of day for a very sim­ple rea­son — it can save lives.

Ex­cited young chil­dren can be un­pre­dictable and hard to see, and even a small re­duc­tion in your speed can make a dra­matic dif­fer­ence to the hor­rific in­juries a child might sus­tain if they were hit by a car.

As a lawyer, I have had the heart­break­ing task of rep­re­sent­ing fam­i­lies of young road ac­ci­dent vic­tims.

The im­pact on their lives is some­thing they never get over.

Speed­ing any­where on our roads is a crim­i­nal of­fence, but speed­ing in a school zone is sim­ply reck­less.

Even 40km/h is of­ten too fast in busy times.

Please slow down and pro­tect our chil­dren from life-chang­ing in­juries. Tony O’Hur­ley Slater and Gor­don lawyer

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