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School Crossings

There are over 50 schools in the Knox municipality, serviced by 103 school crossings and 115 permanent and 25 relieving crossing supervisors. Traffic lights assist 15 crossings; the other 88 are operated by supervisors using flags and batons. On an average day almost 7,000 children are escorted across a street or road in the City of Knox, with an amazing 85,000 motor vehicles using the roads and streets during the times that the crossings are in operation.

The Council encourages drivers, parents and others responsible for children, to carefully read the information below, to minimise the risk of accident or injury at and around our school crossings.

Why are school crossings important?

Young children do not have a well developed sense of danger. They also do not have well developed peripheral (side) vision or spatial sense. This makes it difficult for them to properly judge the safe time to cross a road. Supervised school crossings were formally introduced in the 1970s to protect children from this risk.

Why do we need parking and traffic controls around school crossings?

Crossing supervisors need to have a clear field of vision in all directions around their crossing, so that they can spot approaching children and vehicles as soon as possible.

Because children are often very small, cars parked or stopped too close to crossings can completely obscure them from the view of supervisors and drivers. Coupled with children’s limited ability to identify danger, this can create a very hazardous situation.

Parents and other people who are dropping off/picking up children also need reasonable access to parking for that purpose.

What sorts of controls can I expect to find around schools?

A range of restrictions may apply according to the needs of the particular area. The following rules are consistent at all school crossings:

  • 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).

What does ‘No stopping’ actually mean?

It means just that! You cannot stop your vehicle for any purpose, no matter how short the time, unless to avoid a collision or obey a traffic control device. Dropping off a child in a No Stopping zone is stopping.

As a driver, what am I required to do around school crossings?

When approaching school crossings, slow down to 40 km/h or less, watch for children and remember not to stop too close to the crossing.
The crossing must be completely vacated of all pedestrians before proceeding.
Also watch for and obey the instructions of the School Crossing Supervisor.

Look for parking restriction signs and make sure to obey them. Typical signs you might see are:

  • 2 Min Parking - this means you can stop for up to 2 minutes to pick up/drop off a child
  • Disabled Parking - only vehicles displaying a valid Disabled Person’s parking permit may park in these spaces
  • Bus Zone - this area is for buses only. You cannot stop there at all.

Improving safety at school drop off and pick up times

Traffic and safe parking around Victorian schools are significant issues for many schools and municipalities. The amount and complexity of school traffic during school pick up and drop off, combined with possible exposure to dangerous driver behaviour, can put children at risk.

To address this issue, VicRoads website now includes information, practical case studies and parent/carer education materials to help schools, in partnership with local councils, improve the safety of children during school drop off and pick up times.

Please visit VicRoads for further information.

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