Due to ongoing complaints and incidents occurring in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas, Police and local Council officers will be patrolling local school zones and issuing fines to drivers doing the wrong thing.
Frankston City Mayor, Councillor Michael O’Reilly, stressed that motorists need to slow down around schools, park appropriately and obey road signage.
“Keeping kids safe as they get to and from school is everyone’s responsibility,” said the Mayor.
“Reducing your speed from 60km per hour to 40km per hour to travel through a 400 metre school speed zone only adds around 12 seconds to your overall travel time.
“This reduction in speed could save a child’s life.
“Most people do the right thing, however some drivers are committing offences with little regard to the safety of children, parents and other road users,” said the Mayor.
School speed zones are designed to improve road safety outside schools, while also taking into account issues such as high traffic volumes, peak school pedestrian hours and school holidays.
To help keep our kids safe it’s important for drivers to:
- Obey speed reductions in school zones, particularly during drop-off and pick-up times
- Be extra cautious around schools
- Be aware that young children can be unpredictable and difficult to see
Some of the fines applicable are:
- Exceed speed limit by < 10 km/h = $201 and 1 demerit point
- Exceed speed limit by 10 km/h or more but < 25 km/h = $322 and 3 demerit points
- Exceed speed limit by 25 km/h or more but < 30 km/h = $443 and 3 months licence suspension
- Fail to stop at children's crossing = $403 and 3 pts
- Disobey no U-turn sign = $161
- Enter blocked intersection = $161
- Park in no standing zone = $161
- Double parked = $97
Please drive safely and consider others.
For more tips on staying safe on the road visit: tac.vic.gov.au