Keeping your children safe when dropping off and picking up at school

Written by Canrone Cochin

Here are a few things you can do to help keep your children and others safer during drop-off and pick-up times during the school week:

  • Make sure your children are fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size and that it is fitted correctly.
  • .Stick to the 40km/h speed limit in a school zone and look out for children who may be about
  • Watch for flashing lights on buses. They let you know that there may be children crossing or about to cross the road. A 40km/h limit applies when school bus lights flash
  • .Always give way to pedestrians, particularly when entering and leaving driveways.
  • Always park and turn legally around schools. Maneuvers such as U-turns and three-point turns are dangerous during busy school drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Drop your children off and pick them up on the school side of the road in your school’s designated drop-off and pick-up area. Never call out to them from across the road – they may run to you without checking for traffic
  • It’s safest for children to get out of the car through the Safety Door, away from passing traffic. This is the rear footpath side door of the car.
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