Road safety around our schools
Published on 14 October 2019
With more than 50 schools in Lake Macquarie City, we recognise the priority of road safety around schools. Council works closely with peak organisations and individual schools to raise awareness about road safety.
Road rules around schools
Keep our children safe around schools by following the road rules.
- Pedestrian crossings: You cannot stop 20 metres before or 10 metres after pedestrian crossing unless there is a control sign permitting parking.
- Double parking: You may not stop on the road alongside another vehicle at any time, even to drop off or pick up passengers.
- Parking on a verge: You cannot stop or park on a verge area including on footpaths, nature strips, dividing strips or kerbs).
- Slow down: Stick to the 40km/h speed limit in a school zone and look out for children who may be about.
School zone parking rules
- No stopping: You must not stop in a no stopping zone. If times of operation are shown on the sign, the restriction only applies during the times shown.
- Bus zone: You are not allowed to stop your vehicle unless you are driving a bus. If times of operation are shown on the sign, the restriction only applies during the times shown.
- No parking: You can stop here for two minutes only. You have no more than two minutes to drop off or pick up passengers or goods and the driver must stay within three metres of the vehicle. If times of operation are shown on the sign, the restriction only applies during the times shown.
- Kiss and ride: Some schools have 'kiss and ride' or 'drop-off and pick-up zones' for children in no parking zones. If your school has a program in place, remember to always drop off or pick up your child from the designated zone and follow the school's procedures. You can stop in a kiss and ride area for two minutes only to pick up passengers and you must stay within three metres of the vehicle. If you school does not have a kiss and ride program in place, please use the no parking zone to drop off and pick up passengers.
Walking together safely to and from school
As pedestrians, children can be easily distracted and are often too small to be seen by drivers. They may be unable to predict or identify dangers and tend to act impulsively.
Until your child is at least eight years old:
- on the footpath
- in the car park
- when crossing the road
Up until at least 10 years old, supervise your child very closely, holding their hand when crossing the road.
If you can't be with your child, organise for another trusted adult to accompany them.
After school, meet your child at the school gate. At the end of the school day, children may be excited, distracted or tired and often not concentrating on their own safety.
Remind children to stop, look, listen, think every time they cross the road or a driveway.
- Stop: one step back from the kerb
- Listen: for the sounds of approaching traffic
- Look: continuously both ways
- Think: whether it's safe to cross and keep checking until safely across.
For more information on road safety around schools, visit rms.nsw.gov.au.