With almost a million Victorian school students walking, cycling, or being driven to and from school each day during the school term, ensuring their safety remains the highest priority. Fixed road safety cameras help to keep children safe by enforcing the reduced speed limits during school times. They have been installed at specific locations across Victoria to reduce the risk of children being involved in serious traffic incidents.
While school crossing supervisors and teachers play an important role in helping our children attend and leave school safely, all Victorians can assist in keeping our school zones safe by adhering to the speed limit reductions during the peak times when school students are travelling to and from school.
School speed zones
Clear signage reminds drivers to reduce their driving speed when they are approaching school speed zones during the school term.
Between 8:00am-9:30am and 2:30pm-4:00pm on a weekday, drivers must reduce their speed to either:
- 40km/h (when the original speed limit is less than 80km/h); or
- 60km/h (when the original speed limit is 80km/h or higher).
For further information about school speed zones and when speed limits apply, please visit VicRoads at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-rules/a-to-z-of-road-rules/school-speed-zones .
Road safety cameras
The fixed road safety cameras installed in school zones detect drivers exceeding the speed limit under all conditions, in particular during the operational times of the school speed zones. These cameras enforce the road rules by educating drivers of the need to slow down and obey the reduced speed limits, so that all Victorian children can arrive and leave school safely every day.
Are school speed zones different under COVID-19?
No. Although COVID-19 has impacted the daily number of students travelling to and from school during the school term, some students are still attending school during COVID-19. Therefore, school speed zones remain enforced across Victoria.
Drivers are expected to continue adhering to the reduced speed limits, when entering school speed zones during the applicable operating hours, as the road safety cameras will still be operational during these times.