16 October 2012

School zones are back

| johnboy
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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 (October 15).

Acting Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Sergeant Allison Williams 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,” Sergeant Williams 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.”

“With the warmer weather there will be more children walking or riding to and from school so it is vitally important that motorists stick to the speed limit.”

Last month the driver of a Holden Cruze was caught speeding on Starke Street Holt, adjacent to Kingsford Smith School. Police detected the driver travelling at 71km/h in a sign posted 40km/h school zone. He was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for $253 and the loss of three demerit points.

ACT Policing is targeting speeding motorists during the month of October as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.

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