Safe driving reminder for new school year

Gunnedah Shire Council

As a new group of children join the school community and hundreds of other students return to school, it’s time to ensure we are all driving safely.

Gunnedah Shire Council has been fortunate to receive NSW Government Transport for NSW funding to deliver a road safety program – Gunnedah Safer Schools.

Gunnedah Shire Council Manager Community Safety Wade Berryman said the start of the school year was a perfect time for motorists to review their driving habits.

“There can be confusion at the start of the school year, both on the roads and in the car parks,” Mr Berryman said.

“It is important for all of us to remember to be patient with other drivers, always be on the lookout for pedestrians, and to follow the road and parking rules.

“Drivers can familiarise themselves with the school and parking zones, allow plenty of time, and accept they may not be able to park right outside the school. Safety for children, parents and the whole community is very important.”

Some tips for safe driving and parking when travelling to and from school:

  • Always follow the road rules and signs

    • Do not expect to park close to your school – drop-off and pick-up times are busy. You might need to park further away and walk your child to school

    • Know where the school speed zones are and where parking is available around the school

  • Remember not to:

    o Park across driveways;

    o Park within 3m of a double centre line;

    o Park on a path or nature strip;

    o Park within 10m of an intersection;

    o Stop at a no stopping or no parking area;

    o Park at a bus or taxi zone; or

    o Double park.

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