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Head back to school safely

Published: 23 January 2019

Head back to school safely
The City of Logan's Patrick Pace Car will be at schools again this year to help enforce the 40km/h speed zones.

Road safety is the first and most important lesson of the new school year.

As 2019 classes commence at schools and colleges across the city, Logan City Council is urging parents, carers and students to understand and observe road and parking rules within school zones.

City Roads and Water Committee Chairman, Councillor Phil Pidgeon said road and parking laws need to be followed to ensure the safety of everyone during busy times before and after school.

“The daily drop-off and pick-up can be stressful, but it should always be safe,” he said.

“At the start of every year we see countless people place kids’ lives at risk by parking illegally in dangerous situations.

“In addition to being courteous and patient, parents and carers should take extra care when parking in or around schools and follow the signed and marked parking rules at all times.”

Cr Pidgeon said it was also important that children are educated on safety-first practises during school drop-off and pick-up times.

Council education officers will attend various Logan schools and colleges between January 29 and February 8 to share Council’s road safety and parking message: ‘Think of your child’s safety - don’t be hasty’.

“Every family should work out the safest way for them to do school drop-offs and pick-ups and use that plan from day one,” Cr Pidgeon said.

“It might involve something as simple as leaving a bit earlier to avoid the rush or just being a little more patient and waiting your turn.”

Council places a high importance on safety around schools under its Road Safety Strategy (2017-2021) and SafeRoads4Logan program.

Parking patrols operate around schools using automated number plate recognition technology which can detect and record offenders in incorrectly parked vehicles.

Fines apply for offenders who break traffic and parking rules.

Illegal parking in a school zone can cause a safety hazard. Report illegally parked vehicles by calling Council on 3412 3412.

Many schools operate Stop, Drop and Go zones. For more information download Council’s Stop, Drop and Go fact sheet from the website logan.qld.gov.au

Logan City Council next week will again mobilise Patrick Pace Car which has been part of Council's SafeRoads4Logan initiative since 2011.

Patrick Pace Car will visit various schools across the city to help drivers stick to the 40 km/h speed limit in school zones.

Key safety practices to observe around schools include:

  • Observe the 40kph maximum speed in school zones.
  • It is illegal to stop or park within 20 metres before, or 10 metres after, a pedestrian crossing.
  • Do not exceed the maximum allowable time (usually two minutes) in designated Stop, Drop and Go zones.
  • Never double park, park in a bus stop, in a disabled parking bay (unless you have a permit) or any other area designated as a no parking or no stopping zone.
  • It is illegal to park on a footpath, nature strip, painted island or across a driveway.

Safe habits to get into include:

  • If you can, drop your children off on the school side of the road.
  • Everyone (including parents and carers) should use marked pedestrian or school crossings if they need to cross a road.
  • Organise a safe place away from traffic to meet your children in case you are late for collection.