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Slow down – school zones back as kids return to classrooms

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Don’t get caught out, today 40km/hr speed limits return across the Hunter.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is reminding motorists to keep a look out for children in school zones as the new school year begins.

Director of safe systems and programs Melvin Eveleigh said they were clearly marked with flashing lights.

“Although today and tomorrow (30 and 31 January) are Teacher Development Days for some schools, school zones are in force across the state as both days are still gazetted school days,” Mr Eveleigh said.

“Some children may still be attending school from today so to help avoid confusion and ensure consistency, school zones will officially begin operation today. 

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

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Mr Eveleigh said school zones were generally in place from 8am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm, and motorists who don’t obey the rules faced heavy fines and demerits.

“I’m reminding motorists to be vigilant in school zones by sticking to the speed limit and obeying the rules,” he added.

“Take particular care around bus stops, school crossings and Kiss and Ride Zones where children are often present in higher numbers.

“And, remember whenever 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,” Mr Eveleigh said.

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