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School safety

Learn about road rules and safety tips to keep children safe around schools.

Before and after school drop offs are a busy time on the roads with many children walking, riding and using public transport to get to school, Young children are particularly vulnerable and so we all need to remain alert and take precautions around schools.

Here are some tips on the road rules that apply if you are heading to school or driving near schools.

25km/h around schools

25km/h speed limits apply within school zones, at children's crossings when the lights are flashing and when passing a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off children. School zones are signed and zigzag lines are marked on the road where practicable, to indicate that you are approaching a school zone. 

Get more information on the Speed Limits webpage.

Stay safe around trains and trams

Always use pedestrian crossings at train and tram stations, and wait until the crossing lights and bells stop and the boom gates go up before you cross the line. Look both ways and wait until you can see that the tracks are clear in both directions before crossing. Be aware, alert and cautious when approaching crossings, take your headphones out and avoid using your mobile phone.

Get more information from the Safer Level Crossings webpage.

P1 Passenger restrictions

If you're driving to school, remember that passenger restrictions apply to P1 Licence holders under the age of 25. Immediate family members are exempt so you can take a brother or sister but you can only carry one friend aged 16 to 20. This law applies at any time of day or night unless a qualified supervising driver is seated next to you or you meet the exemption criteria.

Get more information from the Passenger restrictions webpage.

Child restraints

When travelling in a motor vehicle in South Australia, all children under 16 years of age must be restrained in a suitable approved restraint that is properly adjusted and fastened.

The law is specific about what type of restraint is to be used at different ages and where children must be seated in a vehicle. The aim of these laws is to reduce the risk of injury caused by restraints that are unsuitable for a child's size.

The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers are correctly restrained.

Get more information on the Seatbelts and Child Restraints webpage.

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