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Deniliquin schools will resume on Wednesday and motorists who don't obey school zone requirements will be punished.

CASS SAVELLIS January 31, 2014 4:46am

With local schools resuming on Wednesday, it is a timely reminder to be cautious when driving in school zones.

All zones have a 40km/h speed limit, which must be obeyed during the peak hours of 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm.

Deniliquin highway patrol supervisor Sergeant Darryl Thomas (pictured) said drivers need to be vigilant around the 40km/h school zones.

‘‘Police will be patrolling the school areas and carrying out stationary speed enforcement,’’ he said.

‘‘Drivers should also be aware that some zones have slightly different time restrictions.’’

Penalties for those caught driving above the speed limit are $177 and two demerit points for 10km and under; $319 and four demerit points for 10km plus and a maximum fine of $2341 and seven points for more than 45km above the limit.

NSW Roads and Maritime Services also advises children to be aware of traffic around their school, with the ‘stop, look, listen and think’ method.

Stop, one step back from the kerb.

Look, for traffic to your right, left and right again.

Listen, for the sounds of approaching traffic.

Think, whether it is safe to cross.

Always look and listen for traffic as you cross the road.

See www.rms.nsw.gov.au for more road safety information.

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