27 Apr 2015
Children across South Australia are heading back to school Monday (27 April) and drivers are reminded to slow down to 25 km/h in school zones.
Road users also need to be safe around level crossings and pedestrian mazes which will be much busier with the school term starting.
Children can be difficult for drivers to see, especially behind a reversing vehicle. They are still developing their ability to judge the speed and distance of moving vehicles, so it is vital to be alert at all times.
Winter is fast approaching, so remember that roads can be wet and the conditions can make visibility a problem.
Motorist are required to slow down to the 25km/h speed limit between school zone signs when children are present, at school crossings when the lights are flashing and when passing a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off children.
As adults, children look to us to provide guidance we all have a responsibility to educate our children about road safety.
If you’re driving with children in the car, demonstrate good habits by driving safely at all times.
With children heading to and from school during peak times it is important to also remember safety at nearby rail level crossings for all motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
A train travelling at 90 km/h on a dry track needs about 420 metres to stop – twice the length of a football oval. All level crossings must be approached with care at all times.
For more road safety tips please visit: www.dpti.sa.gov.au/towardszerotogether
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
The lowered motorway constructed as part of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Torrens will be opened to traffic on Saturday 29 September.
Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.