ACT Policing will be stepping up traffic enforcement and is urging motorists to change their behaviour, in particular in and around schools, in response to rising complaints about unsafe driving practices.
Of particular concern to police are the unsafe practices by parents and guardians when dropping off and picking up children at school.
Sergeant Rod Anderson, Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, said that children are our most vulnerable road users because their unpredictability exposes them to the highest risk when around traffic.
“When dropping off or picking up children, parents and guardians are reminded that they must not obstruct other traffic, or park illegally because these offences compound traffic problems and hazards around schools, causing dangerous situations for children,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“Children are not as aware as adults of possible dangers. When people double park or park on dividing strips, it restricts the child’s line of sight and other motorists. Due to the height of children they are often not seen by motorists until it is too late,” said Sergeant Anderson.
“We don’t want to knock on your door to tell you that your child has been injured or killed because another parent or guardian was not obeying the road rules,” he said.
ACT Policing is reminding motorists that 40km/h speed limits will be enforced in school zones for the start of the new school term today (Monday, April 30).