Tweed Shire Council works with the Roads and Maritime Services , (RMS), Police and other organisations to address road safety at a local level. The local campaigns complement state-wide initiatives.
The aim of Council’s Road Safety Program is to:
- Encourage safe behaviour by all groups of road users in the community- pedestrians, motorists and other road users
- Educate the community on the issues around drink driving, speed, fatigue, pedestrian safety and restraint use
- Inform the community about options and alternatives to drink driving
- Encourage, foster and facilitate the use of alternative transport in the Tweed Shire local government area
- Improve awareness, knowledge and understanding of the dangers of high risk behaviours such as speeding and drink driving
- Work with government and community to address road safety issues
Road Rules Awareness Week is Monday 23 February to Friday 27 February and Roads and Maritime Services have produced a guide and videos explaining the ’10 most misunderstood rules’.
Visit roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/roadrules.html to see the videos and or call 13 22 13 if you have a specific road rule question.
School Zones and Traffic Zones
School zones are often chaotic at peak pick-up and set-down times and children are sometimes put at risk. With the start of each school year, many new parents are introduced to parking and speed limit restrictions in school zones, which may be unfamiliar. The majority of school zones operate between 8:00am – 9:30am
and 2:30pm – 4:00pm
on gazetted school days. Motorists are required to drive at no more than 40 km/h through school zones.
Council, in partnership with local schools is working to improve parking, traffic flow and road user behaviour in school zones. Part of Council’s road safety program aims to inform parents and careers of the risks to children from speeding and illegal parking around schools. An education phase is followed by enforcement from council rangers and local police officers.
As a community we are all aware that children are vulnerable road users and at a higher risk in traffic because of their size and inability to judge speed and distance.
When in school zones, please observe the following guidelines to reduce risk to children:
- Do not park in the school bus zone, on the zebra crossing or on footpaths
- Never double park. This reduces driver visibility, causes congestion and puts children at risk.
- Never call your child across the road
- Always encourage your child to enter and exit the car from the kerb
- Be patient observe the directions of the School Crossing Supervisor
- Remember children are full of surprises! Expect the unexpected. Watch out for kids and think for them - they make mistakes.
By following the rules around school zones we can work together to ensure the safety of our children.
RMS has two main programs addressing school road safety, these are the Safety Around Schools Program and the Road Safety Education Program. Tweed Shire Council has produced a brochure about Parking in School Zones that provides information in and around School Zones.
See School Zone Parking Information (1.84mB PDF)
Penalties for school zones
Fine and demerit point offences in school zones include:
- Speeding – fine and demerit points.
- Approach children’s crossing too quickly to stop safely – fine and demerit points.
- Double parking – fine and demerit points.
- Stopping on or near a children’s crossing – fine and demerit points.
- Use a hand-held mobile phone while driving – fine and demerit points.
School zone penalties apply to offences committed in school zones during posted school hours. Please see Infringement Notices
for information on what to do if you have received a fine.
Have your say about Speed Limits
Transport for NSW have created an online tool where members of the public can have their say on speed limits. Please see the Safer Roads NSW
site to have your say on speed limits on our roads.