Drivers in New South Wales (NSW) are reminded to slow down and look out for children in school zones, as the new school year begins.

Tara McCarthy, Deputy Secretary of Safety, Environment and Regulation at Transport for NSW has reminded motorists school zones are back in operation and clearly marked with flashing lights and school zone signs.

“I urge drivers to remain vigilant in school zones by sticking to the speed limit and obeying the rules,” Ms McCarthy said.

“Please be particularly careful around bus stops, school crossings and Kiss and Ride Zones where children are often present in higher numbers.

“When bus lights flash, it is vital everyone slows down to 40km/h because this means a bus is picking up or dropping off children.

“Just a couple of kilometres over the speed limit could be the difference between being able to stop in time or not at all.”

School zones are generally in place from 8 to 9.30am and from 2.30 to 4pm, and motorists who don’t obey the rules face heavy fines and demerits.

More information on school zones is available on The Centre for Road Safety site and school road safety education site Safety Town.