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Drivers urged to take extra care around schools

News Release
Monday 4 February 2013


Drivers urged to take extra care around schools as kids return from holidays

ROTORUA 04.02.13: Now that school is back for the year, Rotorua District Council (RDC) is reminding drivers to take extra care with speed and parking around schools or face being fined.

The council enforces fines for parking offences such as parking on the footpath, in or within six metres of a bus stop, on a broken yellow line, and within six metres of a pedestrian crossing. Fines range from $40 to $60 per infringement.

RDC road safety coordinator Jodie Lawson said driver behaviour can either protect or endanger children when they arrive at school and leave each afternoon.

“Drivers and children need good visibility around schools to be able to see each other. Kids can appear out of nowhere and with the school year recommencing around now it’s timely to remind drivers to travel at safe speeds and park safely so our children’s safety isn’t compromised.

“Parking restrictions are in place near schools for a reason. They protect our community’s children against possible injuries,” she said.

The legal speed limit past a stationary school bus is 20kph. When a bus is stopped to collect or drop off children 20kph is the legal passing speed in both directions.

“Hopefully by being more aware we can reduce some of the traffic chaos and improve safety for students travelling to and from school each day. Our kids’ lives depend on it.”

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