Back to School Zones
Students are back to school this week for their final term of the year, so Bass Coast Shire Council is reminding community members and parents that School Zone speed limits are also back in effect.
Drivers are reminded that when approaching school crossings, they should slow down to 40 km/h or less, watch for children and remember not to stop too close to the crossing.
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, asked parents to be mindful of parking rules during drop off and pick up times.
“Sometimes it can be tempting to double park for a moment, or sneak into a bus zone or no standing zone, but it’s always better to find a safer park further away and enjoy the short walk,” Cr Rothfield said.
School crossings must be completely vacated of all pedestrians before driving through.
It’s also important to not park too close to the school crossings. Crossing supervisors need a clear field of vision in all directions around their crossing so they can spot approaching children and vehicles as soon as possible.
October is Walk to School month, which means an increased number of pedestrians before and after school and using school crossings.
The warm, spring weather could also encourage more people to walk to and from school this term.
Council and Victoria Police will be monitoring school crossings and driver behaviour generally around schools in coming weeks to promote safer behaviour around schools, particularly during drop-off and pick-up times.