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Centre for Road Safety

Text and narration: School zones

[We see the view through the front windscreen to the road ahead and the driver’s hands on the steering wheel. The driver approaches a 40km/h sign with a flashing yellow light. The sign reads: SCHOOL ZONE 8-9.30am 2.30-4pm SCHOOL DAYS.]

[The driver slows down and the speedometer drops from 60 km/h to 40 km/h.]

Narrator: Drivers must obey the school zone speed limit of 40 km/h between the school zone and end school zone signs.

[The driver passes a school and travels over a pedestrian crossing.]

Narrator: The school zone speed limit applies on New South Wales government school days, during the times on the school zone sign.

[The driver passes a sign that reads: END SCHOOL ZONE 60. The driver accelerates from 40 to 60 km/h.]

Text: School zone hours.

Graphic of sign: SCHOOL ZONE 8-9.30am 2.30-4pm SCHOOL DAYS 40.

Narrator: School zone hours are normally 8am until 9.30am and then 2.30pm until 4pm.

Graphic of sign: SCHOOL ZONE 7.30-9am 2-4pm SCHOOL DAYS 40.

Narrator: Some schools have non-standard school zone times. These non-standard school zones have signs that show the different hours of operation in red.

Text and narrator: School zones are enforceable on all NSW government school days. These include pupil free days and days when non-government schools may or may not be in operation.

[An aerial view shows cars passing a school zone flashing lights sign. The cars brake as they enter the school zone and travel past the school.]

Narrator: School zones operate and are enforced on pupil free days because pupil free days can vary from school to school. Consistent operation of school zones aims to reduce driver confusion, which improves the safety of school children.

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