With a new school term just around the corner, Northern Beaches Council is reminding motorists to slow down around buses. By law, motorists must slow to 40km per hour when they see orange bus lights (known as ‚Äėwigwags‚Äô) flash.
Council Administrator Dick Persson AM said that the latest NSW Centre for Road Safety campaign, Be Bus Aware, is a timely reminder that the safety of our children is paramount.
‚ÄúWith 45,924 children from the Northern Beaches‚Äô area currently attending pre-school, primary, or high school, we must be proactive about road safety,‚ÄĚ Mr Persson said.
Buses flash their rear orange ‚Äėwigwag‚Äô lights to warn drivers that they are picking up and dropping off children. Motorists must not drive past a bus in the same direction at more than 40km per hour while ‚Äėwigwags‚Äô are flashing.
‚ÄúBy sharing the Be Bus Aware campaign, Council hopes to protect our kids and also our motorists, who may not be aware of this road rule about school bus stop zones and that standard speeding penalties apply when it is broken,‚ÄĚ Mr Persson said.
- Slow down to 40km per hour and watch for children crossing when you see ‚Äėwigwag‚Äô lights flash
- Give way to buses
- Leave plenty of space when merging in front of buses
- Where possible, park away from bus stops and bus zones
Parents and carers:
- Until your child is at least 10, hold their hand when you walk them to and from the bus stop and when they cross the road
- Meet your child at school or the bus stop, not on the opposite side of the road and calling them across
- Wait until the bus has gone, then use a safe place to cross the road
As part of the Be Bus Aware campaign the NSW Centre for Safety has released a video showing how buses use ‚Äėwigwag‚Äô lights to warn drivers that they are picking up or setting down school children. Find it at roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/be-bus-aware/.