Stop, and pay the price

THINKING of saving some time by dropping your child at school in a No Stopping Zone?

Think again.

Police are now cracking down on drivers who do the wrong thing in school zones, like parking in No Stopping and Bus Zones when dropping off or picking up kids from school.

Senior police say they have witnessed too many parents putting the safety of children at risk, and will be monitoring school zones until the end of the year in a bid to stamp out the behaviour.

Tweed Highway Patrol boss Sergeant Rod Golden said police had received numerous complaints about the actions of drivers when it came to school zones. "The signs are there for a reason; they are there for the safety of the children," Sgt Golden said.

"Children don't have the peripheral vision adults have, and when people park in those zones it makes it harder for a kid to see that there are cars on the road. This means they could run straight into the path of an oncoming car." According to the RTA, No Parking and No Stopping are the main rules for parking in NSW.

No Parking means motorists cannot stop for longer than two minutes and cannot move more than three metres from their vehicle to drop off or pick up passengers.

This rule is often confused with No Stopping, which means vehicles cannot stop in an area under any circumstances due to safety reasons. No Stopping signs are usually found in school zones. Sgt Golden said the penalty for those caught stopping in No Stopping zones was a $243 fine and two demerit points. ""o if you do it six times, you will be walking your child to school because you won't have a licence," he said.

"People have to comply with the traffic regulations. Do the right thing and find a place where you are allowed to park."

Motorists are also being reminded that schools have 40km/h speed limits at certain times of the day. Earlier this year local police expressed their disgust at the number of parents they found speeding through the 40km/h zones.

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