Mar 8, 2010

School Zones

Now that the schools have been back for over a month, I really can’t understand why people still ignore the special speed zones around our schools.  It’s actually not rocket science.  Around schools during the morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up, everyone slows down to 40kph.  Forget all the complaints about if the signs can be seen or the other excuses. The task is simple.  If you’re in a school zone between 8.00am to 9.30am and between 2.30pm and 4.00pm then slow down.  Sure the flashing lights help but there are big 40 signs painted on the roadway and I think it’s easy to spot a school. I was disturbed to see the Gardeners Road Primary School, just across Gardeners Road from us, was where over 5,800 tickets were issued in 2008-2009.  At least this was down from the figures for the previous year but it shows drivers have a lot to learn.  I urge all motorists to slow down around schools – if you don’t you’ve got a good chance of being booked.  Our Council rangers and the police keep a close watch around schools and their job is to get motorists to slow down.

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