26 September 2023

Back to school reminder on road safety

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The Minister for Regional Transport and Roads has issued a reminder to drivers to slow down around school zones, with 40km/ph limits back in force for the new school year

The Minister, Paul Toole said road safety was everyone’s responsibility and it was important motorists slowed down and paid special attention when travelling near schools.

“Our littlest students in Kindy and Years 1 and 2 are still becoming familiar with road rules,” Mr Toole said.

“So as thousands of new students and their parents attend school for the first time, it’s vital we slow down in school zones,” he said.

“If you see flashing school zone or bus lights, it means children are nearby, or getting on or off the bus, so make sure you slow down.”

Mr Toole said there were a number of safety measures in place at schools in 2020.

“We’ve already identified 80 new School Crossing Supervisor locations, including 19 in regional NSW,” he said.

“This is in addition to a combination of signage, road markings and flashing lights tailored to each school, reminding motorists they’re entering a school zone.”

He said drivers could also access the Speed Advisor app available to alert drivers when they entered an active school zone.

“Failure to slow down or give-way to buses can result in heavy fines and demerit points,” Mr Toole said.

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