Mosman Council Ranger Crack Down: Motorists need a lesson in road safety at drop-off zones.
By ANNA USHER.
NSW Police and Council rangers will crack down on unsafe driver behaviour around Mosman schools, in a three-year program designed to improve pedestrian safety.
The project will see intensive enforcement periods for parking and speeding offences.
Statistics released by Mosman Council show that pedestrians account for more than 11 per cent of casualties caused by car accidents in the area, with almost half involving serious injury.
Mosman Mayor Carolyn Corrigan says council staff will consider the unique road safety aspects of each school and take a “customised approach” to ensure positive results.
“Keeping children safe around schools requires a holistic approach to educate students, parents and drivers,” she said.
“This approach takes into account the unique aspects to the challenges each school faces, when it comes to road safety based on the location and surrounding traffic environment.
“There may be a particular part of road or driver practise presenting a risk – and this can be addressed specifically.”
Along with the strict new enforcement policy, objectives of the project are to improve road safety, particularly for young children, and increase parent and student awareness of safe driving and pedestrian practises.
Middle Harbour Public School’s Carole Jaye described the road safety campaign as a “good strategy” when speaking at the official launch last week.
“The safety of our students is paramount, and education is the key,” she said.
“Together with Mosman Council we are collaborating to remind parents of the road safety rules, and especially around our school to ensure the safety of all pedestrians.”
The new project will be rolled out at Blessed Sacrament and Queenwood later this year, and at remaining local schools in Mosman over the following two years.