Slow down plea

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Ge­or­gia Smith

Be­nalla Po­lice are urg­ing lo­cals to obey road rules af­ter a re­cent blitz in Be­nalla’s school zones last week.

The Faith­full St school zone was just one of the ar­eas be­ing pa­trolled that high­lighted a con­cern for lo­cal author­i­ties.

Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Marc Newton said the re­sults were dis­ap­point­ing and urged mo­torists to use the ba­sic blocks of safety on our roads.

‘‘We have been very dis­ap­pointed with the re­sults in of­fend­ing mo­torists that we have had to deal with,’’ Se­nior Con­sta­ble Newton said.

‘‘At this time of the year, es­pe­cially lead­ing up to the hol­i­day sea­son, it’s paramount that ev­ery­one sticks to the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of road safety and that is wear­ing seat belts, obey­ing school zone speed lim­its and not us­ing mo­bile phones.

‘‘All it takes is a sec­ond of a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion to have ev­er­last­ing con­se­quences that re­ver­ber­ate right through­out the com­mu­nity.’’

Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal Tony Clark said the re­sults out­side the Faith­full St Cam­pus were con­cern­ing and en­cour­aged par­ents to drive within the speed lim­its.

‘‘Child safety is a huge fo­cus for us and a pri­or­ity for all schools, so we have to en­sure that all children are safe not only when they are at school, but on their way to and from school as well,’’ Mr Clark said.

‘‘That is what speed zones are for.

‘‘We take this very se­ri­ously and are fully sup­port­ive of the po­lice en­forc­ing the law out­side the school.’’

Po­lice will con­tinue to be out in force and will be em­ploy­ing a ze­ro­tol­er­ance ap­proach, es­pe­cially in school zones.

‘‘We im­plore res­i­dents to do the right thing and show some pru­dent driv­ing and just pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the ar­eas that our young folk fre­quent,’’ Se­nior Con­sta­ble Newton said.

Drive safe: Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­bles Marc Newton and Steve De­laney of Be­nalla High­way Pa­trol at the Faith­full St school zone.

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