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Keeping our children safe on the roads

THE Tasmanian Government has urged motorists to pay extra attention on the roads and abide by the road rules as students return to school.

The return to general face-to-face learning has seen increased traffic on roads, with it now being more important than ever for drivers to pay attention to 40 kilometres an hour school zones in communities.

“Since the ‘Stay at Home’ direction came into effect, we have seen a traffic reduction of up to 50 per cent on high-volume routes compared to the same period last year,” Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management Mark Shelton said.

“Parents and carers should also take this opportunity to speak with their children about road safety, and ensure they use pedestrian crossings and are supervised where possible.”

Key safety reminders include:

Drivers are limited to 40 kilometres an hour in school zones as signed.

A speed limit of 40 kilometres an hour also applies within 50 metres of a school bus with flashing amber lights, and drivers must slow down to that speed before passing.

Children being dropped off or picked up near bus stops should be collected from the same side of the road as the bus, a safe distance away.

The Tasmanian Government has committed to addressing the biggest road risks to reduce serious injuries and deaths by investing more than $75 million in road safety initiatives through the ‘Towards Zero Action Plan 2020-2024’.

Caption: From left, Road Safety Advisory Council chair Garry Bailey, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management Mark Shelton and Tasmania Police acting assistant commissioner Joanne Stolp.