With students and staff returning to school this week, Mayor of Camden, Cr Therese Fedeli, is urging drivers to take extra care, slow down and obey the road rules around schools.

“Children are our greatest gift, and it is important we do everything we can to keep them safe,” Cr Fedeli said.

School zones are now in force, regardless of whether the school has a pupil free day or not. 

Most school zones operate from 8am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm and when school zone flashing lights operate.

“Sticking to 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, are simple things we can do to do just that,” Cr Fedeli said.

To help keep children safe around schools, Camden Council has installed yellow bollard signage to clearly identify ‘No Parking – Pick Up / Drop Off’ zones around primary schools.The signs are designed to indicate the beginning and end of all ‘No Parking – Pick Up / Drop Off’ zones as well as provide information regarding road rules when using these zones.

Cr Fedeli also pointed out that it is important to remember the rules around school buses.

“When you see those flashing lights on the back of the bus remember to keep an eye out for children. By law it’s a requirement to drop down to the 40 kilometre an hour speed limit, even if you’re not in a school zone,” she said.