Bass Coast,

Take Care At School Crossings

Bass Coast Shire Council and Victoria Police are urging community members and parents to continue to be safe when driving around schools in Bass Coast.

“With only a few days left of term and Christmas on people’s minds, life gets hectic and we are encouraging all drivers to keep paying attention around schools during drop off and pick up times,” Local Area Commander Bass Coast PSA, Inspector Graeme Sprague, said

Bass Coast Shire Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities, David Elder, said it is really important crossing supervisors have a clear field of vision in all directions around their crossing so they can spot approaching children and vehicles as soon as possible.

“Because children are often very small, cars parked or stopped too close to crossings can completely obscure them from the view of supervisors and drivers,” Mr Elder said.

“Coupled with children’s limited ability to identify danger, this can create a very hazardous situation.”

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.

The crossing must be completely vacated of all pedestrians before proceeding.

It is also very important that drivers and pedestrians watch for and obey the instructions of the School Crossing Supervisor.

The Safe to School Program being run by the Bass Coast Shire Community Road Safety Committee is currently underway at Inverloch, Cowes and San Remo primary schools and aims to teach parents and children about safer behaviour around schools particularly during drop off and pick up times.