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SICK and tired of motorists not slowing down in school zones, the Coffs Harbour City Council has turned to some 'dummies' for help.

The council's road safety officer, Anne Shearer, said the roadside dummies had been introduced to imitate children in uniform standing outside the school grounds.

"We are worried that drivers are becoming complacent, so we want to impress upon drivers that they need to watch out and to slow down in school zones," she said.

"Children are smaller and less predictable than other pedestrians and more difficult to see from a moving vehicle. Motorists should be alert and on the lookout for children."

Ms Shearer said the idea of using dummies came about because some motorists who received infringements for speeding through school zones complained that they hardly ever saw children.

"Using the dummies is a way of giving a further visual clue to motorists to warn them they are in a school zone," she said.

The dummies, dressed in school uniform, will be exposed to traffic during school zone times of 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm.

They are currently at Upper Orara Public School.

Upper Orara Public School principal, Jim Rowe, said the school supported the initiative because children's safety was of paramount importance and anything that raised awareness was welcome.

Other schools wanting to have the dummies visit should contact Ms Shearer on 6648 4414.

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