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Let’s all keep our schools safe

Published on 13 February 2018

School crossing

Children’s safety when being picked up and dropped off at school is everyone’s responsibility.

Primary and secondary students across the Yarra Ranges returned to school on Monday, 29 January, meaning school zone speed restrictions are again in place.

Yarra Ranges Council Director of Corporate Services, Troy Edwards, encouraged parents and motorists to make sure the school year got off to a safe start.

“There are things we can all do to ensure the safety of our kids as they start and finish their school day, from supervising your children near traffic, to walking or cycling to school with them and ensuring you drive carefully when in school zones,” Mr Edwards said.

“If you can’t walk the whole way to and from school, try parking a few streets away and walking with them. It’s a healthy option and it can avoid congestion during peak periods.

“For drivers, having your kids get in and out of the kerbside door when dropping off and picking up means they stay clear of traffic.”

Mr Edwards said Council officers had been visiting schools during pick up and drop off times to talk about parking regulations and appropriate areas to park.

“Parking in the appropriate place and using the right pick-up and drop off zones is an important way of keeping our kids safe as they start and finish the day,” he said.

“The designated areas are there for a reason – parking in inappropriate areas during such a busy time can easily lead to accidents or injuries.

“For the first two weeks of the school year, we run a grace period where officers get to know families and help them find the safest way to navigate the stressful school pick up and drop off.”

Council’s grace period finished on 16 February.

VicRoads recommends motorists adhere to the relevant speed zones during school times, be extra cautious of children when driving near schools and be aware that young children may be difficult to see.

For more information about parking and compliance, visit yarraranges.vic.gov.au, or visit vicroads.vic.gov.au for more information and safety tips about driving in school zones.

 

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