POLICE are warning motorists to be aware that school zones begin today, despite many schools in Ballarat not going starting until later in the week.
The reduced-speed zones will see roads within a school zone that have an original speed limit of less than 80 km/h reduced to 40 km/h while roads with an original posted speed limit of 80 km/h will be reduced to 60 km/h.
The reduced speed limits will apply, in most cases, from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm on weekdays during the Victorian school terms, with the exception of public holidays.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said he wants all road users to be aware of the changes to speed limits as children return to school.
“While most parents will be all too aware that the school year is starting, everyone who drives on Victorian roads needs to be aware that classes are back on and reduced speed limits will apply near education centres as of this week,” Assistant Commissioner Leane said.
“The start of term sees roads near schools become increasingly busy, so all motorists need to look out for children, who are among our most vulnerable road users.
“If your child is new to school or making their way to school by themselves for the first time this year, make sure they are familiar with their surroundings and the correct use of school or pedestrian crossings.”
Assistant Commissioner Leane said police will take a zero-tolerance approach towards anyone caught exceeding the speed limit near schools.
“Children are understandably excited to get to school and see their friends after a lengthy break. In that excitement, they can sometimes forget the dangers of the road so it’s up to us adults to ensure they make their journey to class safely,” he said.
For the latest traffic information around the state visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or download the VicTraffic app.
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