On the job ... Coffs Harbour Public School students Elii and Kalarni English watch Constable Errol Baff at work on Harbour Driv
On the job ... Coffs Harbour Public School students Elii and Kalarni English watch Constable Errol Baff at work on Harbour Driv

DRIVERS PUTTING OUR KIDS AT RISK

By CRAIG McTEAR

SOME of you should hang your heads in shame. You're the ones who have put the lives of our schoolkids at risk.

Highway patrol police have detected a whopping 97 motorists speeding in 40km/h school zones in the Coffs Harbour area during their week-long blitz, Operation Back To School, which ended yesterday afternoon.

Of those speedsters, 22 were caught at Woolgoolga yesterday.

"These figures are very disappointing," Sergeant John Patacko said.

"Clearly, some people aren't obeying the speed limits.

"There's no excuse, considering this was a highly-publicised Statewide campaign targeting safety around schools.

"Some of the local school zones have become even more obvious with the introduction of flashing lights."

Sgt Patacko said it was surprising police had detected more speedsters towards the end of the operation.

"Targeting speeding in school zones is obviously something we'll still have to concentrate on," he said.

Speed limits in school zones were deliberately lower to make it safer for children and for parents dropping off their kids.

"Lower speeds also decrease the severity of impact in a collision," he said.

During their school zones blitz, highway patrol police targeted speedsters, safety around crossings, seatbelt infringements, motorists using mobile phones, double-parking, and parking on crossings and in bus zones.

They used a stationary camera car, hand-held laser technology and regular patrols to catch offenders. In addition, officers also found seven people not wearing seatbelts, one driver using a mobile phone, and they issued three parking infringements.

School zones come into force during school days from 8am to 9.30am and again from 2.30pm to 4pm.



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