Zones of zero ex­cuses

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

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.

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