Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

WITH thou­sands of chil­dren re­turn­ing to school, we are also see­ing the en­force­ment of spe­cially zoned speed lim­its around schools in the morn­ings and af­ter­noons.

Road safety au­thor­i­ties set the school zone lim­its at 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 hit by a car.

As a lawyer, I’ve 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.

Please slow down and pro­tect our chil­dren from life-chang­ing in­juries. TONY O’HUR­LEY, Lawyer, Slater and Gor­don.

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