We think you are in Victoria. If not please click 'Change'

In your state, you are required to confirm you wish to access this information. Please enter 'QLD' or 'WA' in the field below to continue.

No thanks

Back to school road safety

School zone speed limit | Shine Lawyers

During the busy rush of getting kids ready for a new year of school with books, uniforms and bags, it’s important for parents to ensure their children are stepping into the new school year on the right, and safe, foot.

A recent study has returned some alarming statistics, showing that over 70 percent of drivers entering school zones drive over the 40 km/h speed limit. In 2009, 35 children were injured by cars in school zones. This jumped to 44 in 2010. Entering 2018 as our children return to school, it’s crucial that this rising trend doesn’t repeat itself.

A turning point in life: Read Madeline’s motor vehicle accident story

Education and awareness

Road safety around school zones is one of the most important areas to build awareness around – for drivers, parents, children and schools alike. But school road safety isn’t just up to our children. Teaching kids about safe pedestrian behaviours is a critical part of keeping them out of harm’s way. But those behind the wheel play an equally important role.

Safety tips for drivers

With hundreds of children returning to school, it’s critical for drivers to ensure they exercise extreme caution when travelling through school zones. The following safety tips can easily help:

  • Be aware of the placement of schools in your local area so you know when school zones are approaching.
  • Remember that children can be unpredictable and misjudge traffic. Always stay alert and aware of their movements.
  • Remain focused on both the road ahead and pedestrians in your peripheries while travelling through a school zone.
  • Constantly check your speed and make sure you stick to the speed limit. A pedestrian hit by car at 40km/h has 75% chance of surviving. At 60km/h, the survival rate drops to just 15%.


Safety tips for parents and children

To ensure your child’s journey to school is a safe one, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Keep your kids close. Children up to 8 years of age should hold an adult’s hand on sidewalks, in carparks, and when close to a road.
  • Children up to 10 should hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road and should be supervised around traffic.
  • Teach your children to minimise distractions, such as listening to music in headphones or playing on devices when close to a road.
  • Have open and honest conversations about the risks involved in a road traffic environment.

Shine Lawyers – Advocates for road safety

At Shine Lawyers, we see the devastating impacts a road accident can have on an individual and their loved ones, and we’re passionate advocates for the safety of all road users.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, our lawyers can guide you through the legal process and help you bring a claim.

Get in touch to begin your legal journey today.

Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: March 13, 2018.

Join the discussion

Share this article:

  • Douglas Higgins wrote:

    More money revenue the time of two hours are far too long. What happened to teaching children road safety like I was taught. They should start fining parents parking in the wrong place, driving out without looking and dragging their kids across the road away from padestrian crossings.

  • Motorcycles and Lane Filtering: Is it legal in Australia?

    Motorcycles and Lane Filtering: Is it legal in Australia? Lane filtering is the act of slowly riding a motorcycle between two rows of slow-moving or stationary vehicles heading in the same direction as you. If you’re a motorbike rider, you’ve probably lane filtered before. If you’re not, it’s very likely you’ve seen lane filtering in […]

    Read more

    Car Safety: How safe is yours, and how far have we come?

    Wondering how safe your car is? You might be encouraged (or discouraged) to know that the more recent the model of your car, the safer it’s likely to be. While the road is still a dangerous place– there were 1,127 road deaths in 2017 – manufacturers are constantly working on new ways to improve safety […]

    Read more

    Workplace Safety – Road Transport Industry

    Grim Reality The road transport industry has enjoyed steady growth over the past decade. However every year inadequate safety precautions cause people to lose their lives. Tragedies affecting workers, as well as bystanders, such as the 14 year old boy who died in a crash caused by an untrained transport driver in 2015, are all […]

    Read more

    Learners’ Drivers Test – Can you still pass?

    Each day, motor vehicle accidents affect hundreds if not thousands of Australians. But could this be because Australians have become too complacent when it comes to the road rules? New drivers in Australia are required by law to take an electronic exam before they are given their Learner Licence. We’ve put together a driver knowledge […]

    Read more