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Published Wednesday 29 January 2020

Safety reminder as students return

With thousands of students set to return to our 23 primary and secondary schools across Mitchell Shire from Tuesday 28 January, it is a timely reminder for everyone driving around our schools to take care on the roads, particularly during the peak pick up and drop off times.

Children, especially those in primary school, can be unpredictable and difficult to see when drivers ignore parking restrictions. School crossing supervisors will be working to help children cross safely as they travel to and from school and all adults should lead by example and cross at the designated crossings.

School zone speed limits will be back in force and Council’s Local Laws Officers will be monitoring and enforcing parking restrictions so students can feel safe within our school zones.

It is important that parents park legally to provide a safer environment for children.

  • Double parking restricts the view of drivers, forces children onto the road and obstructs the flow of traffic
  • Parking within 20 metres before a designated school crossing or 10 metres after is illegal

We encourage drivers to make full use of the drop off points and to remain patient as the school rush hits. Driving safely around our school zones will keep our children safe.

“There will be many new students starting their school journey and we want to keep everyone safe. When it comes to the school drop-off and pick-up it is imperative drivers obey speed limits and use designated parking zones. Let’s start the year setting a great example for school safety,” he said.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe
“To all school students, it’s important to remember to stop, look, listen and think. Stop at the yellow safety line, look at the Crossing Supervisor and the traffic, and wait for the whistle. No running or bouncing balls, just walk safely across the road.”
Mitchell Shire Crossing Supervisor Lisa Haigh

This page was last updated on 21 May 2020.