School-zone safety drive

FROM Friday, Coffs Coast drivers who do the wrong thing in school zones will be hit hard in a major crackdown.

Last November, Coffs council carried out a blitz in school zones in response to complaints from parents and bus companies about driver behaviour.

A whopping 68 fines were issued by the council’s rangers during the two-week operation.

“That result was far worse than council anticipated and for this reason, council will again be focusing on school zones early in this school year to make sure motorists are driving and parking according to the rules,” said council’s road safety and transport officer, Anne Shearer.

“The laws are there to protect children. The danger is that children will suddenly dart out from between parked or stopped vehicles into the path of oncoming traffic.”

The council will also be placing speed radars in school zones so drivers can check their speed. All school zones are 40kmh and are gazetted to begin on Friday even if not all schools are back.

The times for the zones are 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm. A wide range of penalties are in place for disobeying signs in school zones.

They are:

Disobeying a no stopping sign – $258 plus two points;

Disobeying a no parking sign – $143 plus two points;

Stopping on or near a children’s crossing – $344 plus two points;

Double parking – $258 plus two points;

Stopping at or near a bus stop – $258 plus two points; and

Stopping on a path or median strip in a built-up area – $143 plus two points.



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