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Council taking a zero tolerance stance on illegal parking

With children currently returning to school after the summer holiday break, Shoalhaven City Council is launching a ‘zero tolerance’ campaign aimed at educating motorists in the correct use of No Parking zones in school zones.

From the second week of term, any parent found illegally parked around a local school, including across driveways, will be issued with an on the spot fine.

Shoalhaven City Council Road Safety Officer, Kathy Wiseham said the ‘zero tolerance’ parking campaign had been designed to help change behaviour.

“It is extremely important that parent’s take care when parking in and around school zones,” said Mrs Wiseham.

“Children can be very hard to see from a moving car making them extremely vulnerable to being struck by a motorist.

“The zero tolerance campaign has been devised to both educate local residents for the need and potential dangers of school zones and to provide incentive to change behaviours.”

"If everybody uses the No Parking zone correctly it will improve traffic flow, relieve congestion and create a safer environment for all local residents, especially children who are most at risk."

Mrs Wiseham said local residents should be aware that No Parking zones currently allow motorists to park for no longer than two minutes and remain within three metres of their vehicle.

"No Parking Zones are usually located within close proximity of the school entrance gate enabling children to gain quick safe access into the school," said Mrs Wiseham.

"This allows parents and carers to assist children getting out of the car through the door on the kerb side of the vehicle."

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