Motorists are being reminded to take extra care as school zones come back into force as students return from the holiday break this week, with 40 kilometre an hour limits being enforced from Monday onward.
Executive director of the Centre for Road Safety, Bernard Carlon, said while school zones remain one of the safest places on the road network they aren't immune from accidents and safety is paramount, regardless of pupil free days.
"Students in regional NSW are back in the classroom this week and its important drivers remember the zones are in place at all schools across the state from this morning, even if there is a pupil free day," Mr Carlon said.
Despite stay-at-home orders still being in place across Greater Sydney, Minister for Roads and Transport Andrew Constance said motorists in locked down areas of the state must still heed calls for awareness in school zones.
Schools in locked down areas remain open for students who need to attend, including children of essential workers, and so the speed limits are still being enforced despite the COVID-19 restrictions.
"The 40 kilometre an hour school zones are now in force and we need everyone to be vigilant as schools will remain open for students and families who need it," Mr Constance said.
"Drivers will need to slow down and stick to the reduced speed limit. It's also important to remember when you see those flashing lights on the back of a bus, slow down and keep an eye out for children."
Higher fines and demerit points also apply to certain driving and parking offences committed within school zones.
The Government is also investing $18.5 million to provide 300 new School Crossing Supervisors across the state, 275 of which are already on the ground offering more protection for children and improved visibility of crossings for drivers.
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