Safety Around Schools

Road Safety Campaign 2016

School zones are often chaotic during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times and children are sometimes put at risk. With the start of each school year and during each term it’s important to reinforce road safety messages around school zones to help reduce congestion at the school gate and improve road safety for students.

North Sydney Council, in partnership with local schools and Ku-ring-gai, Mosman, Lane Cove and Willoughby Councils, is working to improve parking, traffic flow and congestion around school zones.

The Safety Around Schools Road Safety Campaign aims to inform parents and carers of the risks children face from speeding and illegal parking around schools.

Road safety information is distributed to participating schools every term to help reinforce the importance of safety around schools. This includes banners and signs to be placed on school fences for parents and carers to see as they drop-off and pick-up their children and also information to be placed in school newsletters.

Accompanying the education phase is also enforcement from council Rangers and local Police.


New Road safety tools for Primary Schools

The Centre for Road Safety has launched a new version of Safety Town – the road safety website for Primary Schools. Safety Town has been developed in consultation with the NSW Department of Education, Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Commission and Kids & Traffic. The new website includes interactive road safety activities for students in Kindergarten through to year 6, including digital board games, e-books, puzzles, videos and a special section for parents.


Road Safety Tips and Facts sheet

The Road Safety Tips and Facts Sheets aim to assist a school provide continuous Road Safety messages throughout the year to parents and carers. They are divided into six categories: General road safety messages, Passengers, Pedestrians, Riders, Driveways and car parks, Parking signs and rules. These sheets can be incorporated into school/community newsletters over the year. Examples include:

  • Be a positive role model when you are a pedestrian, passenger and rider. Children learn from what they see as well as what we say. Never sacrifice safety for convenience.
  • Make yourself aware of what your child can actually see, hear, and do at the roadside. Remember that children are unable to judge speeds of approaching vehicles and drivers find them harder to see.


Road Rule Reminder Corflute Signs

Eight (8) corflute signs (corrugated plastic) have been produced. The signs cover eight Road Safety Rules, particularly as they pertain to School areas/zones and include the penalties associated with those rules and can be displayed in prominent places around the perimeter of a school. They address: 5 Minute Parking; Bus Zones; Children's Crossing; Double Parking; Intersections; No parking; No Stopping; and Driveways and Footpaths.



Road Safety Vinyl Banners

A set of four (4) school banners have been produced which can be hung on a school fence. The banners are 4m x 1m vinyl and display four messages: Stop, Look Listen Think; Slow Down. Children Around; Choose Safety Over Convenience - Park Legally; and Keep your Children Safe - Don't Double Park.



School Zones

Apply Monday to Friday 8am - 9.30am, & 2.30pm - 4pm

When in school zones, please observe the following guidelines to reduce risk to children:

DO NOT park in bus zones, on zebra crossings, on footpaths or over driveways.

NEVER double park. This reduces driver visibility, causes congestion and puts children at risk.

NEVER call your child across the road.

ALWAYS encourage your child to enter and exit the car from the kerb.

BE PATIENT - observe the directions of the School Crossing Supervisor.

REMEMBER children are full of surprises! Expect the unexpected.

ALWAYS drive at or below 40km/h.

By following the rules around school zones we can work together to ensure the safety of our children.

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