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40 zones back next week

By johnboy 1 February 2013 6

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.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]


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Valleyboy 6:11 pm 03 Feb 13

bigfeet said :

miz said :

I remain baffled as to why the 40k zone in the ACT continues through middle of the day….

I’m more baffled as to why there are 40km zones around colleges, where most of the students already have learners permits and drivers licences, and yet they are not placed around child-care centres.

The college students need the extra margin of safety afforded by the 40 km/h mollycoddle zone so that they can concentrate on reading their text messages while crossing the street without having to worry too much about annoying distractions like … oh, traffic on the road.

goggles13 12:31 pm 03 Feb 13

miz said :

I remain baffled as to why the 40k zone in the ACT continues through middle of the day, unlike in NSW – see
http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/children/schoolroadsafety/schoolzoneprogram.html

Are they WANTING kids to leave school during middle of the day? It is irrational and just begs for civil disobedience.

are there any road rules that are uniform in this country?

40kmh from 8 to 4 in school zones in the ACT, is the least of my worries

dannybear 12:24 pm 03 Feb 13

bigfeet said :

miz said :

I remain baffled as to why the 40k zone in the ACT continues through middle of the day….

I’m more baffled as to why there are 40km zones around colleges, where most of the students already have learners permits and drivers licences, and yet they are not placed around child-care centres.

a fair few students step out into traffic even when cars are coming

Antagonist 11:18 am 03 Feb 13

miz said :

… Are they WANTING kids to leave school during middle of the day? It is irrational and just begs for civil disobedience.

If the school zone is 400 metres long, the difference between travelling at 40 km/h and 60 km/h is 12 seconds. If 12 seconds is too much during the middle of the day, then my suggestion is to leave home earlier. Then again, we are talking about Canberra drivers here …

bigfeet 9:50 pm 02 Feb 13

miz said :

I remain baffled as to why the 40k zone in the ACT continues through middle of the day….

I’m more baffled as to why there are 40km zones around colleges, where most of the students already have learners permits and drivers licences, and yet they are not placed around child-care centres.

miz 6:29 pm 02 Feb 13

I remain baffled as to why the 40k zone in the ACT continues through middle of the day, unlike in NSW – see
http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/children/schoolroadsafety/schoolzoneprogram.html

Are they WANTING kids to leave school during middle of the day? It is irrational and just begs for civil disobedience.

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