Bass Coast,

Back to school means back to 40km

Bass Coast Shire Council is reminding all motorists and pedestrians to stop, look, listen and think as students go back to school after their Easter holidays.

Both school crossings and 40km zones will be back in force on Monday, 11 April around the Shire.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, asked everyone, whether using a road or path, to slow down and take care when using or approaching a school crossing.

“There were a number of near misses in the final weeks of last term, with motorists driving through crossings whilst crossing supervisors were still on the crossing,” Cr Crugnale said.

“Be familiar with school crossing rules and crossing supervisor signals, and please slow down and observe speed limits around school zones.”

For most schools, a 40km school zone applies between 8.00am and 9.30am, and from 2.30pm until 4.00pm on school days.

Both police and Local Laws Officers monitor school crossings on a regular basis.

Things to remember when driving around school zones are to:

  • Be patient. Leaving home five minutes earlier can avoid unnecessary speeding and frustrations around 40km school zones.
  • Take extra caution in wet weather, allowing plenty of time to stop at a crossing
  • Don’t be distracted whilst driving, especially using a mobile phone
  • Look out for children entering and exiting parked cars around schools
  • Observe parking restrictions and time limits around schools