Back to School: A gentle reminder to drive safely near school crossings

As the excitement of a new school year begins around our region, it is essential for drivers to be mindful of the increased activity around school zones. With the return of students to the classrooms, school crossings are once again in place, serving as vital points for children to safely navigate roads. This is a gentle reminder for all drivers to slow down and adhere to the 40km speed limit during both morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times.

The safety of our children is paramount, and it begins with responsible driving habits. As parents, caregivers, and community members, we play a crucial role in ensuring that our school zones are safe spaces for students to cross roads without unnecessary risks.

The 40km speed limit is not just a legal requirement; it's a commitment to the well-being of our youngest community members. Lowering your speed in school zones allows for increased reaction time and provides a buffer in case of unexpected events. Children can be unpredictable, and a momentary lapse of attention can have serious consequences. By adhering to the 40km speed limit, we contribute to a safer environment for everyone involved.

Mayor Bob Sanders said “Morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times are particularly hectic, with increased traffic and the hustle and bustle of parents and guardians getting their children to and from school. It's during these peak hours that we need to exercise extra caution and patience. Remember, a few extra minutes spent driving at a reduced speed can make a world of difference in preventing accidents and ensuring the well-being of our school community”.

Let's make a collective commitment to prioritise safety during the back-to-school season. Keep a watchful eye for school crossing signs, be prepared to stop, and always yield the right of way to pedestrians. By working together, we can create an environment where our children can thrive without unnecessary risks on their journey to and from school. Drive safely, adhere to the 40km limit, and let's make this school year a safe and successful one for everyone.

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