A sign of safety for local school zones

Cessnock City Council in collaboration with local schools has launched a new signage campaign aimed at informing motorists of the road rules and penalties in school zones.

Cessnock City Council in collaboration with local schools has launched a new signage campaign aimed at informing motorists of the road rules and penalties in school zones.

In accordance with Council’s Road Safety Strategic Plan 2014 -18, access to road safety information will keep school communities informed on speeding, parking, crossings and general road safety.  

Police and Council Rangers are often confronted with drivers that are not aware they are committing an offence, Council Road Safety Officer Warren Jeffery said.  

“Unfortunately breaches of the road rules are strict liability offences and ignorance of the law is no excuse,” Mr Jeffery said.   

Council has gained support from schools to ensure the prominent display of school zone signage, supplying 14 schools with aluminium backed, graffiti proofed, coloured signs at each school’s main pedestrian entrance.  

“This campaign is so positive with schools and Council working together to ensure the roads around our schools are safer for students.” Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said.    

“With the support from local schools and residents we can achieve road safety around schools by observing the road rules.”  

Speeding, parking and other road offences in school zones carry heavier fines and loss of demerit points.  

Road safety around schools is a major priority for Cessnock City Council and our local school communities.  

Interested schools can contact us on 02 4993 4300 or email council@cessnock.nsw.gov.au

5 April 2016