Ensuring children travel safely to and from school is the responsibility of the entire community, according to the Officer in Charge of the Deception Bay Road Policing Unit.
Senior Sergeant Garth Peake says while parents, teachers and students themselves play a key role, other motorists should share the responsibility.
“Kids are not savvy with traffic movements and crossings,” Sen-Sgt Peake says.
“They don’t always possess the skills and it’s confusing for some of the little ones.
“I see it as a whole community problem – it’s up to parents and other drivers to make sure kids are safe.”
Sen-Sgt Peake says police will not hesitate to fine or prosecute motorists breaching school zone rules.
He says there were several steps to ensuring the safety of children during school drop-off and pick-up times – between 7am and 9am and 2pm and 4pm on school days.
“Speeding is an issue around 40kmh zones – you need to obey the signs and obey the crossing supervisors, take your time and show consideration.
“Pick-up zones are also an issue – don’t pick your own, use the ones that are there.
“If you’re going to do something else, park your car and walk to get your child because a lot of kids don’t have road sense.”
Sen-Sgt Peake says parents should not double-park around school zones, not only because it was illegal, but also because it is a safety issue.
“If you’re in a queue (at pick-up time) that’s not the opportunity for your child to come to your car.
“They should not get into your car until you’re in the pick-up zone, otherwise it’s bedlam.”
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