Drivers reminded to drive safely around school crossings

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Murrindindi Shire Council is urging drivers to travel safely during school drop-off and pick-up times and to be mindful of children and school crossing supervisors.

Council’s school-crossing supervisors are responsible for helping children cross the road safely and road safety is everyone’s responsibility, whether you’re a driver, pedestrian, or rider.

Motorists must adhere to the 40 km/h school zone speed limits around schools from 8.00 to 9.30 am and from 2.30 – 4.00 pm on weekdays.

There are growing concerns and lived examples that drivers are becoming distracted with mobile phone devices or children in the car, speeding, and not driving to the conditions. This is posing a significant risk to the safety of our community.

Importantly, Council has prepared a draft Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan, which will soon be available for community feedback. The Plan outlines a range of measures and projects to support road safety across the Shire including around schools, and will soon be available on our engagement platform, The Loop.

Council’s Community Wellbeing and Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Sandice McAulay said “I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Brian Beach, a school crossing supervisor who tragically lost his life on 2 February, while on duty at his school crossing in Wodonga, Victoria. His death is the first on a supervised crossing since 1974. Safety around schools, school-crossing zones and bus stops is of the utmost importance. Drivers must respect the 40 km/h speed limits and make sure they give the car in front of them enough space. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. So please, plan ahead to ensure you have enough time to get where you are going, be patient, follow reduced speed limits, and be alert. Drive so you and others survive.”

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