SCHOOL zones will be back in force today as children begin returning to school.
The staggered start to term one has caused some confusion as to when the 40km/h zones are enforced.
Orange and Cabonne Road Safety Officer Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan reminds drivers that school road rules begin today, whether or not there are students at each school.
“While some schools may operate on different term dates, school zone speed limits must be adhered to during the NSW government determined school term,” she said.
This year, school zones for term one will be effective until Friday, April 12.
With the sudden jump in traffic numbers around schools, Ms Hamilton-Vaughan highlights the need for extra care.
“Parents, teachers, children and motorists can all make a difference in communicating the message about speed limits in school zones, child behaviour outside schools and dropping children at allocated drop-off zones,” she said.
Failure to comply with these road rules can result in fines from $173 and demerit points.
Public schools: Years one to seven, 11 and 12 Wednesday, January 30. Kindergarten and years eight to 10 Thursday, January 31
Catherine McAuley Primary School: As public schools
St Mary’s Primary School: As public schools
Anglican Grammar School: Transition, kindergarten and year seven Tuesday, January 29
Years one to six and eight to 12 Wednesday, January 30
Orange Christian School: Years one to 12 Tuesday, January 29. Kindergarten Wednesday, January 30
James Sheahan Catholic High School: Years 7, 11 and 12 as well as any new students Wednesday, January 30
Years 8 to 10 Thursday, January 31
Kinross Wolaroi School: Kinder to year 12 Wednesday, January 30