Thousands of precious children will be stepping out in their new school shoes, onto busy roads next week as school is back after the public holiday on Monday.

It’s up to drivers, to keep them safe.

Queensland Police are reminding residents to be aware of speed limits.

School zones are in force between 7am – 9am and 2pm – 4 pm, however, some school zones speed limits are in force all day, between 7am to 4pm.

The speed limit is reduced to 40 km/h and is displayed by a flashing light school zone sign.

Senior Constable Kerrin Sheedy wants to remind motorists that roads can be congested during pick up and drop off times.

“Remember the start of the school year means we have children learning the road rules, excited to see friends again, emotional about the new challenges that school for the first time can bring with it, the parents as well, so be observant and remember children can be unpredictable and easily distracted,” Senior Constable Sheedy said.

“Please observe road rules, obey speed limits, be patient and avoid distractions to ensure the safety of our children.”

Parking safety tips

Some schools offer the safety of parking on school grounds. However, these parks can fill up quickly. If you choose to park on the roads or streets around your children’s school:

  • say goodbye to your children on the school side of the road—never get them to cross the road to their school’s entrance alone
  • walk across the road and meet your children after school (never call out to them from the other side)
  • try to leave home early to avoid arriving at the busiest times
  • follow the directions of all signs
  • park a safe distance from all crossings
  • always single park (double parking causes accidents and traffic jams)
  • try parking a few streets away from the school and walking with your children
  • organise a car poolwith other parents—to reduce the number of cars trying to park around your children’s school.

For more information on Back to School Road Safety visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website here.

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