SCHOOL DROP OFF ZONE DOS AND DON’TS

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Par­ents of­ten have ques­tions about school zones, like: where can I park? How long can I park in this zone? Act­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Haylee Camp­bell, Ma­reeba High School’s, school based Po­lice Of­fi­cer, (pic­tured) has an­swered some of the most fre­quently asked ques­tions. “What does the Drop Off Zone on Jasper Street re­ally mean?” This is a 2-minute drop off/pick up zone only. It is de­signed for par­ents to pull into this yel­low marked lane to ei­ther drop off or pick up chil­dren be­fore or af­ter school. This lane op­er­ates from 7am - 9am and again from 2pm - 4pm. It is a 2-minute MAX­I­MUM zone. “Can I park my car in this zone dur­ing th­ese times to run into the school quickly?” No, you must stay with your ve­hi­cle. You can get out of your car to help chil­dren get bags from the boot and say good­bye but you must then get back into your ve­hi­cle and leave the zone. “What do I do when the 2-min zone is full and cars are double parked?” Those ve­hi­cles that are double parked are not only com­mit­ting an of­fence but are act­ing in a dan­ger­ous man­ner as the road­way is blocked to all other traffic. Keep mov­ing and drive around the block un­til you can safely pull into the zone with­out double park­ing on the road way or find an al­ter­nate park­ing space. “Can I leave my younger chil­dren in the car while I duck into col­lect my child from school?” You are not able to leave any child un­der the age of 12-years with­out su­per­vi­sion.

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