Drivers are being reminded to slow down and be vigilant with school zones back in force across New South Wales.

With the start of the new term the 40 kilometre an hour school zone is now in operation.

“Drivers will need to slow down and stick to the reduced speed limit,” said Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance.

“It’s also important to remember when you see those flashing lights on the back of a bus, slow down and keep an eye out for children.”

Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said while school zones are one of the safest places on the road network, there have been two school zone crashes over the past two years, resulting in the deaths of two children.

Higher fines and demerit points also apply to certain driving and parking offences committed within school zones.