Beware of School Zones on Friday

20 September 2011

A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said school zones will operate until Friday 23 September despite some schools having pupil free days towards the end of term.

“Just because a school looks like it is closed doesn’t mean it or nearby schools are not open,” the spokesperson said.

“School zones operate on all gazetted school days to ensure the safety of students who may be travelling to or from school.

“Not all motorists will know if the school they are driving past is having a pupil-free day or if students are at school.

“This is why all 40km/h school zones will be in force until the last gazetted school day of term three.

“Motorists need to be aware of school holiday dates to ensure they keep within the legal speed limit.”

During the 2011 spring holiday break, school zones will operate on Friday 23 September and resume again on Monday 10 October.

The Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said roads become busier during holiday periods and it is important to remember children can often be unpredictable, so motorists should be vigilant.

“Children are some of our most vulnerable road users - we should all be mindful to take extra care at this time of year.

“Do your part to ensure children are kept safe - pay attention around local streets, parks, playgrounds, attractions and at shopping centres.”

The majority of school zones operate between 8am and 9.30am in the morning and between 2.30pm and 4pm in the afternoon. However, there are a small number of non-standard school zone times in New South Wales.

These zones are identified by red or orange signs which indicate non-standard operating times.

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