Drivers reminded to slow down

Bus driver Katrina McIntyre and Queenstown Lakes District Council transport safety assistant Daniel McLennan on Fernhill Rd.
Bus driver Katrina McIntyre and Queenstown Lakes District Council transport safety assistant Daniel McLennan on Fernhill Rd.

Motorists in Fernhill were stopped in their tracks this morning as part of a back to school safety campaign.

Queenstown Lakes District Council launched an awareness campaign and police stopped motorists on Fernhill Rd to remind people of their obligations while passing school buses.

By law motorists on both sides of the road must pass school buses at 20kmh. Failing to slow can incur a $150 fine.

Queenstown Lakes District Council transport safety assistant Daniel McLennan said the campaign aimed to educate drivers, advising motorists of their obligation to slow down.

Police were also running a regional campaign targeting speeding around schools.

Mr McLennan said he drove to work from Fernhill and he had never seen any other motorists slow for a school bus.

''I think some people know but I don't think people realise that it's actually on both sides of the road.''

It was harder to slow down on rural roads from 100kmh to 20kmh but it was the law, he said.

Bus driver Katrina McIntyre, who drives the Lake Hayes school run, said motorists including truck drivers generally failed to slow down while passing.

The maximum penalty for speeding past a school bus is a $500 and licence suspension for three months.

The Southland Times