School zones to return on Monday

Slow down: Drivers are advised to adhere to the 40 kilometre per hour speed limit around schools.

Slow down: Drivers are advised to adhere to the 40 kilometre per hour speed limit around schools.

With 40 kilometre per hour school zones set to return on Monday, April 24, Road Safety Education have called on motorists to adhere to the rule.

The organisation is an advocate for reducing road trauma among young drivers, through the RYDA program.

RYDA program director Greg Rappo said drivers must remain wary when travelling past a school. 

“Schools zones are not just about speed, drivers need to be extra vigilant managing distractions.

“Those most at risk during these periods are our children, their parents, teachers and other school staff. They are directly in harm's way,” Mr Rappo said.

Mr Rappo insisted the speed limit is a proven way to reduce accidents near schools.

“Motorists often find the 40 kilometre per hour school zones frustrating yet they are so important and have proved to be a highly effective way of keeping children safe.

“There has been a 30 per cent reduction in casualties in school zones across the country since they were introduced in 2001,” Mr Rappo said.