School will resume next week so driver's are being reminded to once again slow down for school zones.
Many primary schools and high schools will have a pupil-free day on Monday with students returning on Tuesday.
However drivers are still advised to slow down to the 40km/h speed limits.
Drivers should slow down because some schools may not have pupil free days and teachers will be working.
Most school zones are between 8am and 9.30am, and 2.30pm and 4pm.
Safety tips in and around school zones
Dropping off / picking up by car:
- Make sure your children are in an appropriate child car seat that is fitted and used correctly.
- Stick to the 40km/h speed limit in a school zone as children are about.
- Look for buses pulling out - watch for flashing wig wag lights.
- Always park and turn legally around schools.
- Avoid dangerous manoeuvres such as u-turns and three-point turns.
- Always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.
- Drop your children off and pick them up on the school side of the road in your school's designated drop off and pick up area.
- Calling out to them from across the road is dangerous - they may run to you without checking for traffic.
- It's safest for children to get out of the car on the kerb side of the road to be away from passing traffic
Walking together to and from school:
- Plan your trip to school so you use pedestrian crossings where possible.
- Always hold your child's hand.
- Children need your help to spot dangers such as vehicles coming out of driveways.
- They can also be easily distracted and wander into traffic.
- Drop off and pick up your child near the school gate and avoid calling them from across the road.
- Talk with your children about Stop, Look, Listen and Think every time they cross the road.
- Stop one step back from the kerb.
- Look for traffic to your right, left and right again.
- Listen for the sounds of approaching traffic.
- Think whether it is safe to cross.
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