Selwyn motorists are being urged to drive carefully as children head back to school this month.
From Monday, January 30, more than 8,000 Selwyn children will be travelling to school with numbers boosted by Rolleston College and Lemonwood Grove Primary School opening for the first time.
Selwyn School Road Safety Coordinator Stephanie Hautler is reminding drivers to watch out for children and slow down near schools, early childhood centres and school buses.
“Drivers need to slow down and be extra cautious near schools and early childhood centres, and remember that 20 kilometres per hour is the speed limit past a school bus that has stopped to let children on or off.”
She said this year two new schools will open in Rolleston, so children will be using new travel routes to these schools.
Senior Sergeant Pete Stills of the New Zealand Police said the safety of all children is paramount.
“Police will be patrolling outside schools and preschools so as to reduce the risk posed by speeding vehicles, illegal parking and dangerous driving manoeuvres whilst everyone gets used to children being back at school.”
Ms Hautler said parents and caregivers also need to be mindful of their own driving when dropping off or picking up children.
“From observation, I have seen drivers double parking, parking over driveways and footpaths and parking on yellow lines near crossings and intersections,” she said.
“Taking the shortest route is not always the safest option for your kids or other children.”
Road safety resources for parents and children are available from Selwyn District Council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 03 347 2705.