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School Crossing Safety

School Crossings

Maroondah has approximately 90 School Crossing Supervisors that look after 74 children’s crossings for our primary and secondary schools. Supervised crossing were introduced in the 1970s to reduce risks to our children.

School crossings are important

Research shows that young children do not have the skills and experience to be safe in traffic on their own as they:

  • are small and cannot be seen easily by drivers
  • cannot immediately tell where sounds are coming from
  • may not take any notice of what is going on outside their immediate field of vision
  • cannot reliably judge the speed of vehicles
  • do not have a well developed sense of danger
  • do not understand traffic laws.

Improving safety at school drop off and pick up times

Traffic and parking around schools can cause significant issues for many schools. The increased school traffic during drop off and pick up times, combined with possible exposure to dangerous driver behaviour, can put children at risk.

VicRoads has some great resources that will provide ideas for you and the school to encourage safe traffic behaviours.

VicRoads - Improving safety around our schools

School crossing rules activity sheet

School crossing colouring sheetTo help children understand school crossing rules, download the following colouring sheet with helpful school crossing rules.

School crossing rules colouring sheet (PDF, 786Kb)

 

Parking and traffic controls around schools play an important part in keeping children safe.

These controls ensure the Crossing Supervisor has a clear field of vision in all directions and can identify possible hazardous traffic conditions.

Some of the parking controls include:

  • 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).

Parking signs near schools - what do they mean?

Here’s an explanation of some of the signs around your child's school and local area.

No Stopping

You are not permitted to stop on length of road or in an area to which a No Stopping sign applies, unless to avoid a collision or obey a traffic control device. No driver/passenger may alight or enter the vehicle in a No Stopping area. No stopping signs applying during school times may also be in surrounding streets and are to assist with safe traffic flows.

No Parking

You may stop briefly to pick up or drop off passengers. You must not leave your vehicle unattended. If you are more than 3 metres away from your vehicle it is considered to be unattended.

Bus zone

A driver must not stop on a bus stop, or within 20 metres before the bus stop sign and within 10 metres after the sign.

School Zone

All school speed limits across the State are clearly signposted. Look out for the speed signs near schools and slow down to improve safety for children.

Children Crossing

When the flags are displayed at a children’s crossing, you must stop for pedestrians who are waiting to cross or who have started crossing. You must remain stopped until the crossing is clear. These rules apply even if there is no crossing supervisor.

School Crossing Supervisor positions

If you would like further information please contact Maroondah's School Crossing Coordinator on 9294 5780.



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