AS THE new school year gets underway, local police will be targeting drivers failing to adhere to the speed limits of 40km/h in school zones at specified times.
Operation ‘Schools Back’ kicked off on February 1 where an increase in police presence around schools will help ensure a safe environment for all school children, parents and staff.
The operation will run throughout the Bass Coast area until the end of February.
VicRoads Eastern Region Director Scott Lawrence is urging all drivers to play their part.
“It’s everyone’s job to keep kids safe. So, slow down, look up, be alert and take extra care during drop-off and pick-up times. A small reduction in speed can dramatically increase the chance of a child surviving if hit by a car.
“Crashes involving children around schools happen quickly. Reducing your speed to 40km/h can make a big difference when you are trying to pull up suddenly.
“The slower speed increases your ability to stop and it also lessens the impact if there is a collision,” Mr Lawrence said.
He said speed limits set for school zones are clearly sign-posted and drivers need to be cautious and attentive to the signage.
“It’s very clear when you are approaching a school zone. The school speed zone limits are clearly communicated with permanent speed limit signs, advance warning signs, time based signs or electronic variable signs, so there’s never an excuse for speeding through these zones,” Mr Lawrence said.
Speed limits outside schools are reduced at the start of each school term to either 40km/h or 60km/h in the morning from 8am to 9.30am, and in the afternoon from 2.30pm to 4pm.
Drivers should be aware that police enforce reduced speed limits for the safety of the community.
For further information on school zones please visit: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/driver-safety/speeding/school-speed-zones.