School’s back, so are the 40 kmph speed zones

By 4 February, 2011 4

ACT Policing is reminding motorists to be aware that some 40km/h speed restrictions may be in place around Canberra today (Friday, February 4) for the start of the new ACT primary and secondary school year.

Police will be ramping up enforcement activities around Canberra’s “active” school speed restriction zones from today, with more widespread enforcement planned as students return in number next week.

Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said that the danger posed by excessive speed around schools was particularly acute during the first few weeks of the school year, as it brought new students into unfamiliar areas, together with a heightened level of vehicle and pedestrian activity around the schools.

“The basic message around school zones is: slow down and look out for kids. Reducing your speed to 40km/h limit provides for a much increased reaction time for a driver, meaning you can identify potential hazards and react much more quickly,” Supt Colbran said.

“We would also remind parents and guardians who drive children to school that they must not obstruct other traffic, or park illegally because these offences compound traffic problems and hazards around schools.

“The speed enforcement around school zones is part of ACT Policing’s partnership with the ACT Government in addressing the causal problems of road safety. Since February 1, ACT Policing’s traffic enforcement focus has been on speeding, meaning we will be actively targeting those motorists who put their lives and those of others at risk by ignoring the speed limit.”

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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4 Responses to School’s back, so are the 40 kmph speed zones
#1
dtc1:10 pm, 04 Feb 11

Can anyone explain why school starts on a Friday (although I know that primary schools generally dont start until next week so not sure why today is the starting date). It is a ‘pupil free’ day or a day that only new kids (eg yr 7) turn up?

#2
beejay761:22 pm, 04 Feb 11

I think today is the pupil-free day. Monday is the new student and kinder day, and Tuesday is the universal start. HOORAY! We’re nearly through!

#3
Kerryhemsley1:35 pm, 04 Feb 11

Depends whether you are talking public or private.

#4
Holditz10:20 pm, 04 Feb 11

I saw two kids in school uniform on the bus to work yesterday, but no one else. I guess they were the unlucky ones?

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