Dean urges driver vigilance with back to school
As children around the region head back to the classroom this week, Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she urged drivers to take care around school buses.
“Particularly in my electorate, there are huge numbers of children who rely on buses to get to school.
“They travel for long periods and are often dropped off, or picked up, on isolated rural road-sides where drivers may not be expecting to see them.
“The Ministry of Education has done much work in promoting school bus safety, including developing a safety programme in conjunction with the bus and coach association.
“Schools also place a lot of emphasis on road safety, with many rural students now sporting brightly coloured reflective vests to increase visibility on country roads.
“However, that means little when young children are faced with vehicles racing past them at great speed and that’s where drivers need to be conscientious.
“New Zealand’s Road Code states that if a school bus has stopped to let children on or off, drivers must slow down to 20kmh or less until they are well past the bus.
“In Central Otago the Queenstown Lakes District Council has joined with police and bus operators to educate drivers on the correct road rules and police in other areas will no doubt be out and about this week monitoring driver behaviour.”
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru