SPEED through a school zone next week and your wallet could end up significantly lighter.
Students go back to school on both sides of the border with Victorian students returning on Monday and NSW students on Tuesday for the last term of the year.
Police will have a particular focus on school zones and school crossings next week.
They will be looking to fine speeding drivers, but their main task will be ensuring children crossing roads, jumping on and off buses and getting picked up by parents are kept safe.
“Generally, people are good but at the start of each term people need that reminder,” Wodonga police highway patrol acting Sgt Mal Burdett said.
He urged drivers to start slowing down when they approach schools and be prepared to stop not only for school crossing supervisors, but at any time in case children run onto roads.
Albury police Inspector Kim Sorensen said excited children can, without warning, jump out onto roads near schools.
“Be aware that school children may not always use the crossing,” Insp Sorensen said.
“And to parents of children, I implore them when they get to school to pick up children to please park on the same side of the road of the school so their children aren’t tempted to run across the road to meet their parents.”
Sgt Burdett has also asked drivers to specially keep an eye out for children catching buses on rural roads where the speed limit is often 100km/h.
“There are a lot of kids on rural roads that are getting picked up by buses,” Sgt Burdett said.
“People always forget about them. It’s more dangerous than when we’ve got a 40km/h sign and a school crossing.”
He said drivers caught speeding at 50km/h or 60km/h in a school zone can be fined $289 and lose three demerit points.
School zones operate in NSW and Victoria between 8am-9.30am and 2.30pm-4pm weekdays.