Motorists Urged to Look Both Ways When Driving Through School Zones

January 2010

The decrease in traffic volumes enjoyed by motorists over the festive period is all but over, with thousands of children returning to school next week.

Low cost car insurance provider Budget Direct is urging motorists to ‘look both ways’, citing statistics from state governments on the number of deaths related to transport incidents. In Queensland, transport incidents were the leading cause of death among 10-17 year old children, and the second leading cause among 1-9 year olds for 2009.

In NSW, statistics show 26 children in died in transport incidents in 2008. And in Victoria, 23 children aged between 0-17 years died in a transport-related accident over 2009.

Spokesperson for Budget Direct Richelle Ward believes that it’s the responsibility of everyone on the road to be vigilant when driving in a school zone as young children are not fully aware of the dangers.

“It only takes a split second for a child to lose focus and walk out from behind a bus or stand too close to traffic, and while parents and crossing conductors are there to prevent such occurrences, accidents still happen and that’s when motorists need to be aware of what’s going on around them,” Ms Ward said.

Across Australia, reduced speed limits used at school zones are heavily enforced by police, with motorists risking hefty fines if they are caught speeding. And motorists also need to adequately restrain children according to current laws.

  • Obey the school zone speed limits
  • Watch out for children exiting buses and cars
  • Concentrate when you are near a school
  • Provide strong parental or adult supervision at all times

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Budget Direct was established as an insurance provider in Australia in 2000.  It is part of the international BHL Group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The group provides more than 6.8 million policies to insurance customers and administers $2 billion in premiums annually. Budget Direct offers Motor, Home & Contents, Health, Life and Travel Insurance as well as Roadside Assistance.