Bus speed signs debut in Wanaka
New school bus signs urging road users to slow down to 20kph have made their debut in Wanaka in the first week back at school.
The fold-down signs, which display the message “20km when stopped” have been the result of a combined effort between Go Bus, NZ Police and Queenstown Rotary, led by Queenstown Lakes District Council school travel plan coordinator, Kirsty Barr.
“We’ve been pushing the ’Either way it’s 20k’ campaign for a few years so it’s good to be able to refresh that message as part of the new school bus signs,” Kirsty said.
“By law, vehicles must slow to 20kph on both sides of the road when passing a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off children. There is good evidence that there is low national compliance and this is a local initiative to address a lack of awareness around this issue.”
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said that police around the region have seen an increase in crashes and near-misses at this time of year in the past and so they will be out and about actively patrolling school zones with a focus on speed.
"Particularly in rural areas, where children will be using school buses on busy highways, it's crucial that drivers slow down and keep their eyes on the road. It's easy to be distracted, particularly if you have children travelling with you in your own car, but we want to see everyone getting to and from school safely,” she said.
Pictured: Year Six Wanaka Primary School bus leaders Hunter Tuck and Millie East (10) with Wanaka Police Senior Constable Mike Thomas, Queenstown Lakes District Council School Travel Plan Coordinator Kirsty Barr and driver Graham Stewart.