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The RACT will provide a highly visible reminder to motorists to slow down to a maximum of 40 km/h in school zones when students return to school this week.

The RACT will drive its mobile van containing a highly visible sign promoting the requirement to slow down through school zones at 40 km/h and less as a way of reminding motorists about the speed limit.

“With students returning to school this week for the first time in 2018, being road safe in school zones is obviously an important road safety message,” RACT executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said.

“With children returning to school progressively over the next week or so, many road users may not be aware that school zones may be in effect.

“Our message is a simple one – be attentive around schools at all times and slow down to 40 km/h or less during the peak morning and afternoon drop off / pick up times for students.

“Because young children do not always know or follow the road rules, it is up to motorists to slow down and pay close attention.”

Last year the RACT launched a pilot online road safety awareness and knowledge resource for grade three and four students.

It will be made available to all schools across the state this year. The online resource teaches children about road safety in an interactive and engaging way.

Mrs Pennicott said young children were vulnerable road users.

“We believe teaching children at an early age is essential for improved road safety, both within a vehicle and around traffic,” she said.