Children are vulnerable road users. They are not equipped physically or developmentally to make decisions in the traffic environment. Therefore it's important that we all take care in school zones and in areas of high pedestrian activity.
|Tips to improve your child's safety
- Children up to eight years old should hold an adult's hand on the footpath, in the car park or when crossing the road.
- Children up to 10 should be supervised around traffic and should hold an adult's hand when crossing the road.
- When walking with your children, talk to them about safe crossing procedures and traffic safety regulations.
- Set a good example. Parents and carers are the best road safety teachers.
- Teach your children to be aware of the traffic environment: distractions such as wearing headphones or playing with friends on the way to or from school can make them more vulnerable to danger.
- Make sure your driving and parking are not endangering your own or others' children. Obey all parking signs and speed limits, and always be on the lookout for the unexpected. Many traffic safety issues around schools arise from the poor driving and parking behaviour of parents.
- Never call your child across the road.
You must not stop your vehicle in a circumstance where it is double parked, i.e. alongside a car that is parked.Double parking is not only illegal but very dangerous to our children particularly in school zones. Double parking:
- disrupts the normal flow of traffic;
- reduces visibility for other road users; and
- often prevents legally parked vehicles from safely re-entering a moving traffic flow
No Parking / No Stopping Zones
No parking zones around school zones are specifically designed and implemented to facilitate safe drop off and pick up of children.
No stopping zones are clearly signposted. These are carefully placed to maintain line of sight for drivers and visibility for pedestrians. Adhering to the signposted direction helps everyone identify hazards and avoid road crashes.
Every week in Australia, a child, often a toddler is run over in the driveway of their home. Every vehicle has blind spots so it is important as a driver that you always know where children are when vehicles are being reversed.
The speed limit of 40km/hr applies to all schools in the LGA on school days at specific times.
Make sure you can pull over legally in a safe place and have your child exit the car on the curb side of the road wherever possible.
Bus stops are strategically located to ensure safe and convenient pull over areas are utilised outside of moving traffic. Thereby, bus zones also minimise disturbance to other road users.
The safety of drivers and passengers is compromised when another vehicle uses bus zones, particularly if they are loading or unloading.
Pedestrian crossings are installed around schools in safe places as funding permits. It is important that drivers are alert and aware of pedestrian crossings. Pedestrians have right of way on pedestrian crossings, so remember to give way at all times when driving around pedestrian crossings.
Fines and Enforcement
School zones have both higher fines and larger demerit points for infringements. This is because children are vulnerable and school zones are particularly important and sensitive sites. Our Council Rangers regularly enforce parking restrictions, i.e. No Stopping and the NSW Police enforce speed limits.
This page was last updated on: 05 October 2018