As Pooncarie Public School students and parents celebrate the re-opening of the school after a six-year recess, drivers are reminded school zones will be back in effect from Tuesday, 5 February.

Member for Murray Austin Evans said the re-opened school is a huge boost for students and the community of Pooncarie, with local school children saved from an often long daily journey to attend school out of town.

“To keep students safe and remind drivers of the upcoming change, short-term electronic message signs will be in place on Tarcoola Road to support the reinstatement of the school zone,” Mr Evans said.

“Permanent school zone flashing lights will also be installed at the site in coming weeks.

“Student safety is paramount, which is why the zone is back in action – to ensure school children get to and from school safely.

“The 40 km/h school zone will operate between 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm on gazetted school days.”

The school zone will come into effect from the first day of Term 1, on Tuesday, 5 February.

Wentworth Shire Council is thanked for partnering with Roads and Maritime Services to achieve improved road safety for school students.

Motorists are reminded to drive to the speed limits at all times for the safety of all road users.

Drivers should note penalties issued in school zones attract higher fines and demerit points. A full list of current fines and demerits for school zone offences can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/roads/safety-rules/demerits-school.

Members of the community can sign up at the Safer Roads NSW website to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their nominated area.