POLICE are reminding parents to add road safety to their back-to-school checklist as term one arrives.
The 2019 Victorian school year officially begins today, signalling not only the end of summer holidays but also the return of school speed zones.
The reduced-speed zones operate near schools and are designed to keep children safe at peak times when they’re making their way to and from school.
In most cases, this will see roads within a school zone that have an original speed limit of less than 80 km/h reduced to 40 km/h while roads with an original posted speed limit of 80 km/h will be reduced to 60 km/h.
The reduced speed limits will apply, in most cases, from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm on weekdays during the Victorian school terms, with the exception of public holidays.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said he wants all road users to be aware of the changes to speed limits as school students return.
“Children are understandably excited to get to school and see their friends after a lengthy break. In that excitement, they can sometimes forget the dangers of the road so it’s up to us adults to ensure they make their journey to class safely,” he said.
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