Senior Sergeant Larking
Southern district police are reminding parents and others
who drive near schools at peak times to be vigilant and drive
safely, as pupils head back to the classroom this week.
District Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Steve Larking said a
district-wide road policing campaign would target excessive
speed around schools and school bus routes at the start of
the 2013 school year.
''Our aim is to prevent fatal and injury crashes involving
children around schools,'' Snr Sgt Larking said.
''It's a new term and a new start for some students so we
need to be extra careful with our driving habits around
''Parents need to be mindful of not double parking or parking
on yellow lines when dropping students off andgive themselves
plenty of time to get children to school safely.''
Snr Sgt Larking said it was particularly important to be
aware of younger school children.
''Younger children tend to think about one thing at a time
and not be so aware of other things happening around them,
and can have difficulty judging the speed of moving vehicles.
''Many will also be learning to deal with a new and
unfamiliar environment if they are starting at a new school.
''Some children will have received a new bike for Christmas
and be ridingthese to school for the first time, so please be
aware of children on bikes.
''There are also many high school age students who are new
drivers and it's important for them and for more experienced
motorists to be aware of the risks and drive at a reduced
Police will be using both speed cameras and lasers and
strictly enforcing speed limits within a school zone, which
is within 250m of school boundaries.
Drivers travelling at 5kmh or more over the posted speed
limit will be issued an infringement notice.
During the campaign, police will be monitoring drivers
primarily at peak school traffic times - 7.30am to 9am and
2.30pm to 4pm.
Staff will also be monitoring school bus routes and enforcing
the 20kmh restriction which applies for vehicles passing a
school bus which is stopped to pick up or let off pupils.
The campaign will run until February 15.