Parents and motorists are being reminded to park safely and legally in school zones, particularly at this very busy time of the year.
Gunnedah Shire Council is encouraging greater safety around schools by urging people to follow the rules and not park in bus zones or no-stopping zones.
Gunnedah Shire Council regulatory services co-ordinator Wade Berryman said drivers needed to stay on the alert for pedestrians and buses while in school zones.
"Road safety is critical around schools where children and traffic combine at drop-off and pick-up times," Mr Berryman said.
"Students - especially young children - can get very distracted and may not understand the road rules. We urge people to be very aware of what is going on around them, and courteous with other drivers and pedestrians.
"You cannot park in bus zones and you can only stop in no-parking zones for two minutes, and you must stay within 3m of your vehicle.
"It is really important that people obey the speed limits and the parking restrictions to ensure school zones are safe."
School zone parking offences can attract heavier fines than other parking offences, and the loss of two demerit points.
Tips to driving and parking safely near schools:
- Park safely and legally, even if it means walking further to the school gate.
- Slow down to 40km/h in the school zone and stay aware of crossings.
- Always park and turn legally around the school.
- Never double park - it puts children at risk.
- Manoeuvres such as U-turns and three-point turns are dangerous.
- Never park in a bus zone or in the school bus bay.
- Make sure your children use the safety door (rear footpath side door) to get in and out of the car.
- At a supervised crossing, observe the directions of the school crossing supervisor.
- Model safe and considerate behaviour for your child.