Drivers 'too fast near schools'

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014

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Timaru police are urging drivers to slow down near school zones, after ticketing eight drivers in a recent sting.

Constable Kris Howes said police stationed cars near Timaru Girls' High School, Timaru Boys' High School and Roncalli College between 8.15am and 8.30am and 3.30pm and 3.40pm on March 20 and 21.

Eight infringement notices were issued to drivers for failing to slow down to 20kmh when passing stationary school buses.

"We could have stopped more of them. One driver was going almost 50kmh," Mr Howes said. "While not all of the drivers are disobeying the rules, quite a few are, and it's potentially dangerous."

Mr Howes said the sting was in response to this month's coverage of bus drivers' concerns about people's behaviour near their buses.

School bus driver Anthony McClutchie told the Herald he feared a child would be seriously hurt or killed if drivers continued to speed past stationary school buses, while Geraldine High School transport bus controller Mark Hayward also said it was an issue requiring stronger action.

"Sometimes, it's hard to slow down in time for the buses, when traffic is busy, especially after school, but it's important people obey the rules," Mr Howes said.

"We urge people to take a closer look, particularly with children getting on and off the bus."

He said police would run a similar sting next month to see whether behaviour had improved.

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- The Timaru Herald

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