Slow down plea
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.