Far west school zones back in force from 3 February 2012

24 January 2012

Motorists are advised the first gazetted day of term one for NSW schools in far west NSW is Friday 3 February and school zones will be back in force.

An RMS spokesperson said while the majority of NSW schools start on Friday 27 January, schools in the far west of NSW head back to school a week later. 

“These school zones in far west NSW will be in force from Friday 3 February and motorists need to be aware to ensure the safety of students who may be travelling to or from school.

“Some students may not return to school until Monday 6 February because of a pupil-free day on Friday.

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

“This is why all 40km/h school zones are consistently applied and will be in force from the first gazetted school day of term one.

“Motorists need to be aware of school holiday gazetted dates to ensure they keep within the legal speed limit and don’t get caught speeding.

“Many school zones, including all zones with speed cameras have flashing lights as a reminder to motorists the school zone is operating.

“It is important to remember children can often be unpredictable, so motorists need to be observant and slow down when children are around.

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

To remind motorists school zones are back in force on the first gazetted school day a radio campaign will run in the lead up to the first day back at school.

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.  Non-standard school zones also have flashing lights as an extra reminder to drivers about the times that they are operating.

Penalties for motorists caught speeding in school zones range from $154 fine and two demerit points to $2,041 fine and up to 14 demerit points during double demerit periods.

Penalties are higher for heavy vehicles.

A list of the Government schools with a late start status can be found at: www.schools.nsw.edu.au.

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