Po­lice is­sue school zone warn­ing

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALANNAH GREEN­WOOD

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.

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