School road warning

MOTORISTS are reminded 40km/h school zones will be enforced from Monday, July 18, as schools return from holidays.

An RTA spokesperson has urged drivers to take care and slow down in and around school zones.

“School zones operate on all gazetted school days including staff development days also known as pupil free days,” the spokesperson said.

“While some schools have a staff development day on the first day of term, these schools must also accept students who may arrive at school on these days.

“Non government schools have the option to determine when they hold staff development days.

“This means while one school in a school zone may be closed, another may be open.

“Drivers may not know if the school they are driving past has a pupil-free day or if students are at school.

“That’s why all 40km/h school zones will be in force from Monday 18 July, to help keep children safe and ensure motorists comply with school zone speed limits.”

A further 199 school zones have been fitted with flashing lights this year and the RTA has completed the roll out of the Dragon’s Teeth program.

“These important school zone initiatives have helped improve the visibility of school zones across the state,” the spokesperson said.

“This is good news for children, parents, carers and motorists.

“The safety of children in and around schools is critically important which is why school zones are in place on all roads which have a direct access point to a school.”

The RTA reminds motorists to take notice of school zone signs and obey the 40km/h school zone speed limit between the hours of 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm and 4pm on school days.

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