Mitchell Shire Council partnered with Victoria Police for Operation SafeCross this week, an initiative focused on strengthening safety measures around school zones.
Conducted in the Kilmore school precinct Wednesday February 7 and Thursday, February 8, the operation saw an increased presence of Victoria Police officers and Council staff around school zones.
Supporting Council’s Crossing Supervisors, Victoria Police members helped children cross the roads, ensuring they could do so confidently and securely.
Driver behaviour was also in the spotlight with particular focus on issues such as mobile phone usage, speeding, and vehicles driving through school crossings.
Council’s Community Amenity Department were also on hand to target illegal parking around school zones.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Louise Bannister thanked Victoria Police for their work around school zones and their support of Crossing Supervisors and Council’s Community Amenity Department.
“School zones are some of the busiest parts of our shire and Council staff do a lot of work to make sure they are safe areas for everyone,” she said.
“It’s fantastic to have the support of Victoria Police to encourage safe behaviour and help manage issues when they arise.”
Everyone driving around our schools has a responsibility to take care on the roads, particularly during the peak pick up and drop off times.
Children, especially those in primary years, can be unpredictable and difficult to see.
School crossing supervisors work to help children cross safely as they travel to and from school and all drivers are asked to follow their instructions.
Adults should also lead by example and cross at the designated crossings.