Drivers urged to take extra care around schools
Monday 4 February
Drivers urged to take extra care
around schools as kids return from
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
“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
“Parking restrictions are in place near
schools for a reason. They protect our community’s
children against possible injuries,” she said.
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.
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
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