School zones to return on Monday

Slow down: Drivers are advised to adhere to the 40 kilometre per hour speed limit around schools.

Slow down: Drivers are advised to adhere to the 40 kilometre per hour speed limit around schools.

With the second school term for 2017 beginning on Monday, April 24, Road Safety Education has called on motorists to adhere to the 40km/h school zones rule

The organisation is an advocate for reducing road trauma among young drivers, through the RYDA program.

RYDA program director Greg Rappo said drivers must remain wary when travelling past a school. 

“Schools zones are not just about speed, drivers need to be extra vigilant managing distractions,” Mr Rappo said.

“Those most at risk during these periods are our children, their parents, teachers and other school staff. They are directly in harm's way.” 

Mr Rappo insisted the speed limit was a proven way to reduce accidents near schools.

“Motorists often find the 40km/h school zones frustrating yet they are so important and have proved to be a highly effective way of keeping children safe.

“There has been a 30 per cent reduction in casualties in school zones across the country since they were introduced in 2001.” 

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