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Slow down: School zones are back

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Motorists are reminded to slow down and watch for children in school zones, as the new school year begins.

Transport for NSW deputy secretary of safety, environment and regulation Tara McCarthy said school zones would be back in operation from Friday 27 January and were clearly marked with flashing lights and signs.

“Although Friday is a Pupil Free Day for some schools, there may be school children attending which is why school zones are in place across the state,” she explained.

“Children are some of our most vulnerable pedestrians and their safety should be everyone’s top priority.”

Ms McCarthy said school zones were generally in place from 8am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm.

Motorists who don’t obey the rules face heavy fines and demerits with the first day of school (Friday 27 January) coinciding with Australia Day double demerit enforcement.

“Double demerits will be enforced from 12.01am on Wednesday 25 January to 11.59pm on Sunday 29 January for all speeding, seatbelt, helmet and mobile phone offences” Ms McCarthy said.

“I urge drivers to remain vigilant in school zones by sticking to the speed limit and obeying the rules.

“Please be particularly careful around bus stops, school crossings and Kiss and Ride Zones where children are often present in higher numbers.

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

“Just a couple of kilometres over the speed limit could be the difference between being able to stop in time or not at all.” 

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