School safety paramount

CHRISTMAS may seem like it was just yesterday, but students will be returning to school over the coming days.

With classesstarting this week, school zones will be enforced from Wednesday.

These 40km/h school zones operate from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm school days. School zones operate on all gazetted school days including student-free days.

Leeton Shire Council haswarnedroutes to and from schools may be congested with young children, sodrivers must take extra care on the road.

Council road safety officer Stephanie Puntoriero said parents dropping off and collecting their children have a responsibility to keep all students safe.

Over the coming months police will be targeting speeding, parking and other offences within school zones. Traffic offences in school zones attract increased fines and demerit points.

“The first few weeks of the school year can be particularly dangerous for children,especially those attending school for the first time as many of them will not be used to busy traffic conditions at their new school,” Mrs Puntoriero said.

“New students and their parents may not be familiar with the parking or school bus arrangements so everyone should slow down and drive with care.

“All drivers have a responsibility to drive safely, but parents who are dropping their children off at school should take particular care. Many parents do not seem to remember the road rules relevant for driving and parking around schools.

“Parents should not only be aware of what their own children are doing, but also other children and pedestrians around them.

“Parents have a responsibility to all children to make sure that they are aware of the potential dangers they face, not just outside schools, but on all roads and should remember that they are setting an example for their children which will influence how they behave as road users of the future.”

Mrs Puntorierorecommendedparents thatintend to drive their children to a new school should check parking arrangements.

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