As any parent knows, school zones are busy places at drop-off and pick-up times. Your top priority when driving in these zones has to be keeping your child and others safe.
Driving rules in school zones
- Always stay below the 40 km/hr speed limit, which is enforced by NSW Police, so that you have time to stop in an emergency. Small children are hard to see and can step out on the road unexpectedly. Even at a speed of 40 km/hr and in good conditions, your stopping distance is about 20 metres.
- Respect the no parking rule in school zones. This rule keeps the traffic flowing and let you drop off and pick up your child safely.
- As the driver, stay within 3 metres of your car if you need to get out for a minute.
- Stay in the school zone for no more than 2 minutes.
- Make sure your passengers use the kerbside doors to get in or out of the car.
- Never double-park in a school zone. It’s illegal and highly dangerous. Double-parking puts you at high risk of being hit from behind, reduces visibility for other drivers and pedestrians, prevents legally stopped cars from moving on and forces other cars onto the wrong side of the road.
Enforcement and penalties
AlburyCity and NSW police strictly enforce all of these rules and work with schools to ensure that school drop-off and pick-up zones are neither dangerous nor stressful.
Penalties for traffic infringements include loss of demerit points as well as fines.