As thousands of local students will be returning to school next week local drivers and parents are reminded about children’s safety around schools.
Parents and carers should:
• Always make sure children wear a seatbelt or use a child restraint up to seven years old.
• Drop-off and pick-up children on the school side of the road,where possible.
• Make sure children use the ‘safety door’, which is on the footpath-side when getting in and out.
• Use a pedestrian crossing where possible and avoid being distracted by friends, mobile phones or listening to music throughheadphones whilst walking.
• Children to 10 years old should always be supervised whennear traffic.
• Children aged up to eight should always hold an adult’s handwhen crossing the road or walking near traffic.
• Make sure children always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
• Always walk with children to the bus stop.
“Drivers are reminded to slow down, pay extra attention and bepatient when school resumes as there are more cars, buses andcyclists on the road and young pedestrians crossing the streets,”said the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safetyand Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor.
“This is especially important in country areas with higher speed limits, limited bus stop signage and no footpaths. When the orange lights on the back of a school bus are flashing, you must slow down to 40km/h, as students are either getting on or off the bus.
There are 40km/h school speed zones around all schools in NSW operational between 8am – 9.30am and 2.30pm – 4pm on school days. The school zone in Bushman Street, Parkes is operational all day from 8am – 4pm. Police will be targeting school zones to ensure drivers obey the 40km/h speed limit.