Keeping your children safe around schools
To help make our school zones safer for your children, Randwick City Council has developed a SchoolSafe road safety awareness program. We have created useful brochures with information and tips to improve children's safety around cars near schools.
Our Kiss and Go zones help with parking around the area and we are always working towards new safety campaigns and innovations for improved school zone safety.
Did you know? A pedestrian has an 87% chance of survival when hit at 40km/h or less, but this drops to less than 7% when the impact speed is 70km/h or more.
What are the speed limits around schools?
A speed limit of 40km/h applies around every school in Randwick City. This applies during school days from 8am to 9.30am in the morning and from 2.30pm to 4pm in the afternoon, but you should always drive carefully at all times. Please remember to reduce your speed by at least 10km/h in bad weather.
To see gazetted school dates and terms please visit the NSW Board of Studies website.
What is Schoolsafe?
We developed the SchoolSafe program to address road safety issues around schools. Everyone can make our roads safer by observing speed limits and parking signs at all times. This program aims to raise awareness of things we can do to make the roads safer.
The Safety Around Schools brochure provides information about parking signs around schools as well as tips for improving safety, information about the road rules and speed limits associated with school zones.
The brochure has been distributed to primary schools in the City of Randwick and is also available to download online at Safety Around Schools.
If your school would like copies of the brochure or would like to receive road safety inserts for your school newsletter, please contact the Council's Community Road Safety Officer on 9399 0786.
The RMS website also has useful information for schools about addressing road safety issues.
Reminders for driving safely around schools
We have prepared a few handy reminders for driving safely:
- Always drive at or below the legal speed limit
- Don't use hand held mobile phones while driving
- Leave a 3 second gap between your car and the car in front. This gives you time to react if something unexpected happens.
Double parking around schools
Double parking is illegal and dangerous as it reduces visibility and blocks the road for other drivers.
Only call your child to get into the car when you have stopped safely at the curb.
We understand it is a busy time and there is limited parking but we encourage you to be patient and take care. We have also set up kiss and go zones to help with school pick up and drop off.
School buses and school bus zones
Parking in bus zones puts lives at risk. Keep in mind there is also a 40km/h speed limit for traffic passing a school bus that is picking up or setting down school children.
Penalties for offences in school zones
There are increased penalties for breaking the road rules in school zones, which includes loss of demerit points and fines. These fines have been set by the RMS and are there to help make the roads safer for your children.