Gunnedah motorists are being warned to be safe around school zones as children head back to the classroom this week.

Gunnedah Shire Council received funding from the NSW government to deliver the road safety program – Gunnedah Safer Schools.

Gunnedah Shire Council manager community safety, Wade Berryman, said the start of the school year was a perfect time for motorists to review their driving habits.

“There can be confusion at the start of the school year, both on the roads and in the car parks,” Mr Berryman said.

“It is important for all of us to remember to be patient with other drivers, always be on the lookout for pedestrians, and to follow the road and parking rules.

“Drivers can familiarise themselves with the school and parking zones, allow plenty of time, and accept they may not be able to park right outside the school. Safety for children, parents and the whole community is very important.”

Gunnedah Shire Council provided the following advice for safe driving and parking when travelling to and from school:

• Always follow the road rules and signs;

• Do not expect to park close to the school – drop-off and pick-up times are busy. Drivers might need to park further away and walk children to school;

• Know where the school speed zones are and where parking is available around the school;

• Also do not to park across driveways; do not park within three metres of a double centre line; do not park on a path or nature strip; do not park within 10m of an intersection; do not stop at a ‘no stopping’ or ‘no parking’ area; do not park at a bus or taxi zone; or double park.

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