Police issue school zone warning
As students return to school motorists have been put on notice and urged to take care especially when driving through school zones.
Senior Constable of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Scott Harder said police would accept no excuses as to why motorists aren’t giving the roadway their full attention, especially around school zones.
“We would like to remind all motorists that school zones are now in operation and will be strictly enforced,” he said.
“Police will be specifically targeting parking and safety offences within these zones.
“When people are dropping off and picking up children from around schools they need to be mindful of parking restrictions, as increased penalties and demerit points apply to certain parking offences within school zones.”
Snr Constable Harder urged motorists to be aware of the time and their surroundings
“School zones are active from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday,” he said.
“Children have just returned back to school and for some of them this is their first year at their new school and different surroundings.
“Their road awareness could be very much diminished and this is why motorists need to slow down and be mindful of them.”
The Roads and Maritime website of NSW says if a driver is detected speeding in a school zone they face a fine of $327 if caught doing 10kms over the limit and lose four demerit points.
Learner and P1 licence holders can have their licence suspended for at least three months for any speeding offence.
If police detect a driver travelling at more than 45kms over the limit they can have their licence immediately suspended and confiscated at the roadside for six months.
Sen-Constable Harder said motorists should also be mindful that if they are detected using any distracting devices whilst driving they will receive further fines and lose extra demerit points.
“There are designated crossing, drop off zones and parking,” Snr Constable Harder said.
“It is also important that people use these to make our roadways around schools safe for everyone traveling on them.”
Senior Constable of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Scott Harder has made it clear there will be no leniency when it comes to speeding and distracted motorists in school zones.