Road Safety Around Schools
There are over 50 schools in the City of Greater Dandenong, serviced by 79 school crossings and nearly 95 crossing supervisors. Up to 30,000 students attend these schools each day, travelling by foot, private vehicle and public transport. Council encourages drivers, parents and others responsible for children, to carefully read the information below, to minimise the risk of accident or injury around our schools.
Why are school crossings important?
Young children do not have a well-developed sense of danger or “road sense”. It is difficult for them to properly judge the safe time to cross a road. Supervised school crossings were introduced many years ago to protect children from this risk as they walk to and from school.
Why do we need parking and traffic controls around school crossings?
Drivers, pedestrians and crossing supervisors need to have a clear view in all directions around children’s crossings, so that they can see each other. Because children are often very small, cars parked or stopped too close to crossings can completely obscure them from view. Coupled with children’s limited ability to identify danger, this can create a very hazardous situation.
There is limited street space near most schools, and parents and other people who are dropping off or picking up children also need reasonable access to parking for that purpose.
What sorts of controls can I expect to find around schools?
A range of restrictions may apply according to the needs of the particular area. The following rules are consistent at all school crossings:
- No Stopping within 20 metres on the approach side of a crossing
- No Stopping within 10 metres on the departure side of a school crossing
- No Stopping within 10 metres of an intersection (unless signs say you can)
What does `No Stopping’ actually mean?
It means just that! You cannot stop your vehicle for any purpose, no matter how short the time, unless to avoid a collision or obey a traffic control device.
As a driver, what am I required to do around school crossings?
When approaching school crossings, slow down to 40 km/h or less, watch for children and remember not to stop too close to the crossing.
Also watch for and obey the instructions of the School Crossing Supervisor, Parking Officers and Local Law Officers.
Look for parking restriction signs and make sure to obey them.
Typical parking signs around schools
- 2 Min Parking – this means you can stop for up to 2 minutes to pick up/drop off a child
- Disabled Parking – only vehicles displaying a valid Disabled Person’s parking permit may park in these spaces
- No Parking – you can stop in this area to drop off or pick up a child, but you shouldn’t leave your vehicle unattended
- Bus Zone – this area is for buses only. You cannot stop there at all.