Back to School Road Safety
Date Published: 3/02/2012
As students in the City of Rockingham go back to school head back to school, motorists are reminded to be extra cautious when travelling in school zones.
City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels reminded drivers to take care when driving near schools: “Road safety around schools is particularly important in the coming weeks with some students going to school for the first time.
“I would like to encourage drivers to take care, to be more vigilant, more safety conscious and to observe road rules and speed limits especially in School zones.
“Children often get distracted and may not pay as much attention around roads as they perhaps should. Unfortunately, the same sometimes applies to drivers also.
“It is really sad that every year about 20 children under the age of 16 years are killed on WA roads. In addition, a further 280 are severely injured requiring hospitalisation. These numbers are far too high.
“One area of concern is how easily drivers can be distracted when behind the wheel.
Mobile phones, using a GPS unit, eating and the activity of passengers are common distractions while driving.”
“Any of these can distract us from giving our full attention when driving. As a result, any lapse in our attention for just a moment could have awful consequences.”
“If we all make sure we drive cautiously and reduce our speed in school zones to 40km/h from 7.30am until 9am and 2.30pm until 4pm, we can all help keep our children safe.”
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