THE school holidays are over and the school time zones are in force across South Gippsland.
Bass Coast Shire Council asked all motorists to observe the 40 km/h speed limit around schools.
Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said after a six week break it is vital for all motorists to start slowing down around schools again.
“There will be lots of new students and new families using the crossings at schools, especially our new preps, so please be considerate,” she said.
“Please also observe parking restrictions around schools to help keep visibility clear and pedestrians safe. Some of our school children are only small, which means they can be difficult to see when walking out from behind parked cars.”
Council’s community safety rangers and Victoria Police will be present at various school crossings to reinforce the importance of school safety and making sure motorists are doing the right thing.
Cr Rothfield also encouraged parents and students to, where they can, walk to school.
“Walking to school is not only a great way to stay active and teach your children how to walk along footpaths and cross roads safely, but also means less cars parked around schools and driving through school crossings in the mornings and afternoons,” she said.
“With many students across Bass Coast already choosing to walk to school, we’re also reminding motorists to keep an eye out for children crossing roads throughout towns as well – not only at school crossings.”
Things to remember when driving around school zones are to be patient, take extra caution in wet weather, don’t be distracted, look out for children near parked cars, and observe parking restrictions and time limits around schools.
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