Be extra alert when driving or riding in a school zone. When children are at school, there is more traffic and pedestrian activity during peak times. Children are extremely vulnerable road users due to their size, unpredictability and inability to judge speed or distance.
Safety Around Schools program 2017
The Safety Around Schools program focuses on educating parents/carers and drivers about safe and legal behaviours in and around school zones.
Individual resources will be distributed to all parents of primary school students to raise awareness of road safety issues, support by signage around schools, courtesy speed checks and Ranger enforcement to ensure compliance.
If you would like to request a copy of the resources please email the Road Safety Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Term 1 Resources
Electronic and on-line road safety resources
A suite of electronic artwork and on-line resources has been emailed to all primary schools to use in their newsletters, Facbook page, skoolbag apps and websites.
- Parking Safely Around Schools brochures a variety of leaflets with easy reference to parking signs, their restrictions and the associated fines when caught parking illegally.
Road Safety Tips and Facts sheets with important road safety messages under six categories – General road safety messages, Passengers, Pedestrians, Rider, Driveways and car parks, Parking signs and rules.
Slow Down and Stop, Look, Listen, Think! electronic postcards
Safety Town is a suite of digital and non-digital teaching and learning activities to support the teaching of road safety from Kindergarten to Year 6 in NSW primary schools. Visit www.safetytown.com.au
Keep to the 40km/hr speed limit when travelling through school zones. School zones apply Monday to Friday, 8am – 9.30am and 2.30pm – 4pm.
Triangular road markings, or Dragon's Teeth, are used at the entry point to school zones, along with flashing signs and 40km/hr signs, to increase visibility for motorists. Some schools also operate a school crossing supervisor program and drop-off and pick-up zones.
Parking around schools
Parking is limited around schools and can be chaotic during peak times. Parents and carers should park and drop off in a safe and legal manner. Do not double park, and obey parking signs at all times. Some schools operate drop-off and pick-up zones.
Getting to school
Have you considered walking, cycling or catching the bus to school? This can help ease congestion.
Penalties for offences in school zones
There are increased penalties for breaking the road rules in school zones, which includes loss of demerit points and fines. These fines have been set by the RMS and are there to help make the roads safer for your children.