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Hunter motorists urged to slow down as kids return to school

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Hunter motorists are reminded to slow down and watch out for children as students return to school from today.

Transport for NSW deputy secretary of safety, environment and regulation Tara McCarthy said there would be tens of thousands of pupils back in the classroom from Tuesday 26 April.

“Children are some of our most vulnerable pedestrians and their safety is our number one priority,” she stated.

“Most school zones operate from 8am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm.

“However, there are a small number of non-standard areas in NSW with different times and speed limit.

“These are identified by red/orange school zone signs and 30 km/h speed limits.

“Please slow down to the sign-posted speed limit in our school zones.”

Motorists are also urged to be extra careful while driving near schools, particularly near bus stops, school crossings and Kiss and Ride zones.

“When bus lights flash, it is vital everyone slows down to 40km/h because this means it is picking up or dropping off children,” Ms McCarthy said.

“Higher fines and demerit points apply for certain offences committed in an active school zone, such as speeding, parking or stopping illegally, using a mobile phone illegally and illegal U-turns.

“Please don’t put our kids’ lives at risk.

“‘Just a bit over’ can be the difference between being able to stop in time or not at all.”

The NSW Government has implemented several safety initiatives to improve the visibility of school zones including signage, road markings, flashing lights and more than 300 new school crossing supervisors.

For more information on school zones, visit The Centre for Road Safety site and school road safety education site Safety Town at www.safetytown.com.au

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