40km/h school speed limit urged

Wairarapa Times-Age 1 Feb 2012
More organisations are joining the call around the country to have the speed limit dropped to 40km/h around schools, especially buses, as children prepare to go back to school. Family First is supporting similar calls from groups such as Rural Women NZ, the NZ Society of Paediatric Surgeons, Safe Kids, NZ Automobile Association, the National Council for Women of NZ and the NZ School Trustees Association. National director Bob McCoskrie said there had been far too many injuries and deaths around school gates and buses, and perhaps many more near-misses. “Many drivers may be completely unaware of the speed limit of 20km/h when passing buses dropping off children, and more needs to be done to raise awareness and enforce this limit, especially considering that in rural areas, the open speed limit can be up to 100km/h,” he said. “It should be standard practice for all buses to have an active 20km/h sign alerting passing motorists …” Mr McCoskrie described the situation as a tragedy waiting to happen.