RAA safety plea to drivers as children return to school
Monday, 29th Apr 2019
RAA is urging motorists to slow down and stay vigilant around school zones as students begin term two this week following the Easter break.
The plea has extra urgency as the horror start to the state’s 2019 road toll has already claimed the lives of seven pedestrians and is showing little sign of abating.
RAA Senior Road Safety Manager Charles Mountain warned motorists to expect extra activity on the roads, particularly near schools, as most students head back to the classroom today.
“Remember to allow more time for commuting if you’ve been leaving a little later over the past couple of weeks,” Mr Mountain said.
“Stick to the 25km/h when travelling through schools zones when students are present and watch out for car doors opening.
“Remember parked vehicles can make it harder for drivers to spot younger children trying to cross the road.”
RAA advises that emu crossings with orange flags and koala crossings that have flashing amber lights will once again be in use during school drop off and pick times, and is reminding motorists to watch out for children at these locations and be ready to stop.
Signalised crossings on main roads near schools will be used more frequently too.
Mr Mountain also urged parents on the school run to prioritise safety at all times and especially around school zones.
“If possible, get all passengers to exit the car using the kerbside doors and watch out for cyclists as you open the driver’s door to avoid side swipes, which can cause nasty injuries,” he said.
“Although the school run can be a rush and filled with distractions, remember to watch out for pedestrians when turning left and right at road intersections and give way to them.”
Drivers on the school run should also take care to avoid blocking driveways or obstructing traffic when queuing or waiting for other motorists to move their cars.
“As commuters, parents and caregivers, if we all do our bit to put children’s safety first, together we can ensure term two starts safety,” Mr Mountain said.