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Timely warning on school traffic

The RACT has reminded motorists to be vigilant around school zones and called on the State Government to do more to address traffic congestion, which is likely to increase again as students return next week.

RACT Group Chief Executive Harvey Lennon said all road users needed to take responsibility for the safety of school children.

 

"During periods of increased traffic, particularly in school zones, obey the speed limit, drive to the conditions and plan to take more time to complete your trip," he said.

 

"Also, when travelling in school zones, expect to encounter more vehicles and vehicles attempting to park.

 

"And please be aware of parents and children getting in and out of cars and crossing the road, and not always at pedestrian crossings.

 

"Children can often be unpredictable and may run suddenly onto the road in front of your vehicle."

 

Mr Lennon said more traffic on the road next week would likely have a flow-on effect to create traffic congestion.

 

"The RACT has already called for the development of long-term strategies to deal with traffic congestion in Hobart and Launceston," he said.

 

"We have repeated that call in our 2017/18 State Budget submission provided recently to the Tasmanian Government.

 

"Despite some recent minor changes, congestion continues to cause concerns for commuters.

 

"Congestion problems will continue to worsen unless a long-term plan is developed and implemented as soon as possible."

Some important tips for motorists regarding school zones: 


​Slow down in school zones

Drivers need to slow to 40km/h or less when they enter a school zone. School zones help protect our children on their way to and from schools at the times and places where they are often in high numbers.


Stop at school crossings

Drivers need to stop before the solid line near the school crossing and allow pedestrians on or near the school crossing to cross the road.

 

No parking near children's crossings

Drivers shouldn't stop or park closer than 20m from a school crossing on the approach side and 10m on the exit side. Keeping parked cars away from school crossings gives all road users a good clear view of one another.

 

Crossing roads safely​

When crossing a road or using a marked crossing, always encourage children to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK.

 

For a fun and interactive way to help explain safety around schools and travelling on school buses visit: www.rsac.tas.gov.au/roadsafekids