It’s back to school – remember 40km/h zones

The Road Safety Commission is reminding drivers to heed 40km/h zones as children begin heading back to school next week.

23 Apr 2017
The Road Safety Commission is reminding drivers to heed 40km/h zones as children begin heading back to school next week.

It follows a bad start to the school year, with hundreds of drivers caught speeding through school zones around Western Australia in February.

Schools broke for Easter on April 7th and Commissioner Kim Papalia said it didn’t take long for drivers to get out of the habit of slowing in school zones.

“The kids heading back to school will be excited, chattering, looking at their phones – it’s essential that drivers slow down and be vigilant as schools resume again,” Mr Papalia said.

We know that every year police detail a high number of people fined for travelling at more than 40km/h in school zones. Those figures are disturbing and those drivers are putting children’s lives at serious risk.

There were two deaths in operating school zones between 2011 and 2015 while 148 people were injured – 24 of those needing hospital treatment.

Mr Papalia said speeding through school zones was not just a metropolitan area issue.

In February, 86 drivers were caught speeding through Albany school zones over two days while an unaccompanied L-plate driver was fined for doing 27km/h over the limit.

“Sadly, in 2013 an 11-year-old boy died after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle in a school zone in Ravenswood,” Mr Papalia said.

All of us as road users need to be cautious in school zones, even when doing the correct speed, to ensure that children’s lives are protected.