Drivers in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, are being urged to take extra care and slow down around schools now that pupils have returned to the classroom.

Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, has reminded motorists that the 40 kph school zones are now back in force with children back for the new school year.

“It’s also really important to remember the rules apply around school buses,” said Constance.

“When you see those flashing lights on the back of the bus remember to keep an eye out for children. By law it’s a requirement to drop down to the 40 kilometre an hour speed limit.”

Transport for NSW says two children have died in school zones in the last two years and 32 were seriously injured in active school zones between 2015 and 2019.

The NSW Government has implemented numerous safety initiatives to improve the visibility of school zones, such as signage, road markings and flashing lights.

The Government is also investing an extra $18.5 million to provide 300 new School Crossing Supervisors.