All regional school students will be back in the classroom this week, prompting a reminder for motorists to remain vigilant in school zones.
Primary school students returned last week, while secondary students joined them on Monday.
Victoria Police's road policing command Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said children were understandably excited to return to school and see their friends, but this could mean they forget the dangers posed by traffic.
"Whether kids are walking or riding their bike to and from school, or getting out of a car to walk to the front gate, if a child is hit at greater than 40 km/h they have very little chance of survival," Ms Murphy said.
She urged drivers to stick to the reduced speed limits in school zones and be patient.
Most school zones operate with a 40km/h speed limit between 8am and 9.30am, and 2.30pm and 4pm, on weekdays during school terms.
Motorists caught speeding in a school zone face a fine of $207 and one demerit point, at the minimum.
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