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School crossings and zones

Zones, parking signs and restrictions are used near schools to make roads and crossings safer for children.

Crossing roads safely

Pedestrians should:

  • STOP LOOK LISTEN THINK before crossing any road, anywhere - even at emu, koala and pedestrian actuated crossings
  • wait until all vehicles have stopped and the drivers have seen them, before they begin crossing the road
  • walk straight across the road without stopping
  • use and explain the safe crossing procedure when crossing roads with children
  • expect all children up to the age of 8 to hold hands (or bag, arm, sleeve, pram handle, etc.) with an adult or older person when crossing roads
  • always use a crossing if it is within 20 metres of where they are planning to cross the road. This is the law
  • remember that it is always safer to use an identified crossing rather than take a risk crossing the road elsewhere.

People riding bikes must:

  • give way to pedestrians on school crossings
  • dismount and wheel their bikes across the road when using these crossings. This is the law.

School zones

School zones are indicated by white zigzag lines and signage. Drivers, bike riders and motorcyclists must travel at no more than 25 km/h at any time of the day or night when children are present on the road or footpath in a school zone.

School crossings

  • Emu (flags) crossings
  • Koala (flashing lights) crossings
  • Pedestrian actuated (push button) crossings

Emu (flags) and koala (flashing lights) crossings are part-time crossings situated on roads near schools. They only operate as crossings when the flags are up or the lights are flashing. At all other times vehicles have priority.

Pedestrian actuated crossings operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the year.

In South Australia school crossing monitors are trained by officers from South Australia Police to operate the crossings at their school.

To replace lost or damaged school crossing equipment, complete and submit this order form.

A pedestrian is a person who travels on foot. The Australian Road Rules include:

  • a person driving or pushing a non-motorised wheelchair or a motorised wheelchair or scooter that cannot travel more than 10 km/h (on level ground)
  • a person using rollerblades, rollerskates, skateboard, scooter, unicycle, etc.
  • a child under 12 years old who is using a child’s pedal car, scooter (non- motorised), tricycle, bicycle or similar.


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