Zones of zero excuses
School zones are probably the most clearly-defined traffic areas of the NSW road system.
Lights, signs and painted sections of roadway are all present to remind drivers to observe speed limits during school arrival and departure times.
Those warnings are impossible to miss. Yet drivers keep speeding, as a Saturday Telegraph investigation reveals.
Incredibly, an Audit Office report indicates that “fewer than 50 per cent of drivers comply with the 40km/h speed limit in school zones”.
Drivers may have a case of complaint if they are caught barely breaking the speed limit in open and clear highway conditions. No such excuses apply in school zones. Young lives are very much at risk.
This is not a hypothetical scenario. Between December 2014 and 2017, 15 children were seriously injured in active school zones. Even if drivers obey speed limits, attention must still be paid.
Many school zone speeders are parents of students, whose speeding takes place outside their own children’s schools.
Speed up your thinking and slow down those cars.