Maroondah’s schools are back in action from Monday 6 October and Maroondah City Council is reminding drivers to remember the school rules and slow down to the specified speeds in school zones.
Councillor Alex Makin stresses how important it is that all motorists be responsible when approaching school zones, and obey the reduced speed limits.
“Maroondah schools are clearly signed to indicate the appropriate 40km/h speed zone. The reduced speed applies to specified time periods before and after school in some areas whereas others are permanent 40km/h zones,” said Cr Makin.
“The exceptions to these school zones include time based 60km/h speed limits outside schools on 80km/h roads, like Maroondah Highway. Electronic variable signs are used on these roads to indicate the correct speed limits for the particular time of the day,” said Cr Makin.
“The 40km/h school speed zones are in place to reduce the alarming statistics surrounding injuries and deaths of children in and around school areas. Research has indicated reducing speed can dramatically increase the chances of survival for a child involved in an accident,” said Cr Makin.
“Being aware of the location of schools throughout Maroondah and paying attention to the speed zone signs is essential, because even a minor reduction in travelling speed can make the difference in saving a life or reducing injury,” said Cr Makin.
“Although school speed zones have been in effect since 2005, for everyone’s safety motorists are reminded to slow down as we enter a new school term,” said Cr Makin.
In Maroondah each year, on average, there are approximately 310 to 330 casualty accidents (where someone is injured and the Police attend), and out of these approximately 30 involve pedestrians, of which around 7 to 8 are school age children (Source: VicRoads Crash Stats).
For further information about speed limits around schools, contact the VicRoads information hotline on 1300 360 745 or visit www.arrivealive.vic.gov.au
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