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School Zones in South Australia - Getting it right!

Gelston, Paul

Road Environment


This paper discusses the history of School Zones in South Australia. Changes in School zones generated much controversy and debate amongst the community and it is unlikely that there is one road user who is not aware of this relatively simple traffic control device.

The paper traces the changes that were implemented, the processes undertaken, the reactions from different sectors of the community, the changes in driver behaviour as a result of the changes to the zones and importantly the lessons learnt. The paper highlights the difficult balance in satisfying all road user groups. It emphasises the need to pay attention to engineering, education and enforcement in implementing any form of change. It discusses the importance of relationships between all stakeholders in implementing change including police, schools and road user advocacy groups.

The paper concludes with a report on the Government programs that have been initiated to ensure the safety of children near schools.