Slow down in school zones across NSW

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Drivers are reminded to slow down and take extra care in school zones across NSW, with schools remaining open for families who need it.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said school zone speed limits are being enforced, even though most children are learning from home due to COVID-19.

“Even though most children are learning from home, we need to make sure we protect those children who are at school by being extra vigilant,” Mr Constance said. 

“At the end of July, we saw the number of people caught speeding in school zones reach more than 150 per cent above the pre-lockdown average. While there has been some improvement, there are still far too many drivers doing the wrong thing now.

“From 2016 to 2020, two children were killed, 36 were seriously injured and another 76 were injured while walking in active school zones – we need everyone to work together to reduce these shocking numbers.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said while regional NSW is still in lockdown, drivers are reminded to slow down and take extra care when travelling near schools with 40km/h school zones still in place.

“Drivers need to be aware that some students are still going to school, so it’s crucial they remain aware when travelling through school zones to help protect some of our most vulnerable road users,” Mr Toole said.

“To help keep children safe, the NSW Government has made sure every school has at least one set of flashing lights, with additional sets also installed outside many schools with multiple busy entrances.

“We’re also investing an extra $18.5 million to provide 300 new School Crossing Supervisors - with 275 already on the ground, including 65 in regional NSW - offering more protection for children and improved visibility of crossings for motorists.”

Higher fines and demerit points also apply to certain driving and parking offences committed within school zones.