With schools re-opening for the new year, Mayor of Camden Ashleigh Cagney is reminding drivers to remain vigilant and reduce speed in the vicinity of schools.

“With six weeks of school holidays passing us by, it can be easy to forget that school zones have become enforced again,” she said.

“As a mother, I can’t imagine anything worse than the thought of something happening to our children. We need to do everything we can to keep them safe.”

Cr Cagney pointed out that most school zones are in effect from 8 am to 9:30 am and from 2:30 pm to 4 pm, as indicated by flashing lights.

“We can all do our part by not exceeding 40 kilometres an hour around schools and following the road rules, as well as looking out for children crossing the road near a bus stop or school zone,” she said.

“Make sure to stay alert to what’s going on and always be cautious.”

Drivers should be aware that increased fines and demerit points are applicable for specific school zone violations, including the illegal use of mobile phones and speeding.

Additionally, it is essential to be familiar with the regulations pertaining to school buses – when the lights on the back of buses are flashing, it is mandatory to reduce speed to the 40-kilometer per hour limit, even if not in a designated school zone.

Given the higher traffic volumes experienced by many schools during pick-up and drop-off times, drivers are urged to be patient and strictly adhere to road rules.

For additional information, please visit www.transport.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/community/schools/school-zones.