ACT Policing is advising motorists that 40km/h speed limits will be enforced in school zones for the start of the new school term on Monday (February 4).
Acting Traffic Operations Superintendent Rod Anderson said the restrictions are in place between 8am and 4pm and warns motorists there will be tough penalties for those who choose to ignore them.
“The 40km/h speed limit is important in school zones because it gives motorists extra time to stop in an unexpected situation,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.
“It is important to remember children, especially primary school children, are not as aware as adults of the dangers associated with crossing the road. With that in mind drivers should never double park when dropping children off at school.”
“Bus stops are for buses – pick up and drop off children in safe and approved areas only. Taking those extra seconds means your children will arrive and leave school safely.”
“Children are our most vulnerable road users because their unpredictability exposes them to the highest risk when around traffic. With that in mind drivers should be extra cautious around school zones.”
ACT Policing is also urging parents to ensure their children are aware of the road rules and the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.
Last year 935 drivers received Traffic Infringement Notices (TIN’s) for speeding in ACT school zones.
The highest recorded speed was a male driver who was caught speeding on College Street Bruce, adjacent Radford College. Police detected the driver travelling at 92km/h in a sign posted 40km/h school zone. He was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for $1811 and the loss of six demerit points.