Lawson in state's top 10 list for school zone infringements

Lawson has made the state's top 10 list for the highest number of infringements in school zones.

The Mid-Mountains village was listed eighth for school zone infringement notices issued by police, at 80. Auburn topped the state with 227 and Surry Hills scraped into the top 10 with 74.

With incidents in school zones on the rise across the state, acting assistant commissioner Stuart Smith, commander of the traffic and highway patrol command, reminded motorists of the need to take extra care during morning and afternoon school hours.

"Recent incidents involving collisions and children crossing the road highlight the need to maintain the 40kmh speed limits, in order to be able to react to an unexpected event if needed," he said.

"Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will continue to focus on speed, parking and school crossing enforcement to ensure that our kids are safe when going to, or coming from, school."

According to NSW Police, 5328 infringements have been issued in the first half of this year for speeding, parking and other offences in school zones.

This compares to 10,750 infringements in total for 2013 and 10,515 in 2012.

The top 10 areas for school zone infringements issued by NSW police are: Auburn (227), Kingsgrove (155), Minto (142), Bathurst (101), Singleton (94), Condell Park (94), New Lambton (92), Lawson (80), Caringbah (78) and Surry Hills (74).

NSW Centre for Road Safety general manager Margaret Prendergast urged parents to plan their trip to and from school.

"Always hold your child's hand while crossing the road up until the age of 10," she said.

"Children need your help to spot danger like vehicles coming out of driveways. They can also be easily distracted and wander into traffic.

"Drop off and pick up your child near the school gate and avoid calling them from across the road."

Ms Prendergast also urged parents to talk to their children about "stopping, looking, listening and thinking every time they cross the road".

"Young children can learn these safe pedestrian habits from you and use them when they are old enough to travel alone."


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