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Slow down around school zones

 
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​School zones with 40km/h speed limits are in place around most school areas. Drivers should be vigilant to look out for signage to make sure they’re travelling at the right speed and to watch out for children crossing the road.
Slowing down in school zones won’t make much difference to the trip time, but it could save a child’s life.
Here’s some tips to keep young children safe:
  • remember children don’t have ‘street smarts’ yet, so slow down for unpredictable and distracted children who will be out and about before and after school
  • pay close attention to children on bikes, crossing roads, getting on and off buses, and out of cars
  • use designated drop-off zones where available, don’t risk your child’s safety (or a fine) by stopping in no-parking areas, and exercise patience during times of congestion
  • you can teach road safety techniques at a young age by walking or riding to school with your child until they have enough skills to understand how to be safe around roads (usually around 10 years or older)
  • teach your child the safest route to and from school, to only cross at pedestrian crossings, crossing when the green ‘walk’ sign is showing, or at supervised school crossings when the supervisor has signalled it is safe to cross.
For more information visit the Street Smarts website.


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Last reviewed 19 May 2021
Last updated 19 May 2021