Motorists

Drivers- lives are in your hands.

Drive cautiously in school zones and near children.

Always expect to stop.

Never overtake a stopped vehicle.

Be Patient.

Children Crossings are the safest way for a child to cross any road when walking to and from school. Some Children Crossings have a School Crossing Patrol Officer (SCPO). SCPOs work at sites where it has been identified as a high risk for children to cross to and from school. The is usually because of high volumes of traffic and/or other issues such as heavy vehicles or sight distances etc. You must watch for pedestrians and STOP if they are on or entering the crossing. Never try to skip though.

You have a responsibility as a motorist to obey the SCPO and stop for any pedestrians on or about to be on school crossings which have the Children Crossing flags displayed.

School Zones and School Bus Road Rules Explained

School zones

Don’t go faster than 40 km/h when you pass a school zone sign on official school days during the times on the sign.

Official school days are usually Monday to Friday during school terms. This sign doesn’t apply on school holidays, weekends and public holidays.

School zones usually apply over an area. The 40km/h speed limit applies until you pass an end school zone sign or a speed limit sign, even if you turn into another street.

So, if you pass a school zone sign, don’t go faster than 40km/h until you pass either a speed limit sign or an end school zone sign.

School buses

Don’t go faster than 40km/h within 50 metres of a bus with a school bus warning sign and lights. This includes driving behind or towards a bus. Drive carefully and look out for pedestrians, especially school children.

If you notice a school zone light is damaged or not operating normally, please call 1300 139 933

The Rules

Traffic (Road Rules) Regulations 1999 (S.R. 1999, No. 131)