Two Hills' school zones hit

HILLS officers were keeping an eye on people driving in school zones last week, issuing eight traffic infringements in only one day to drivers outside Samuel Gilbert Public School.

"There was one 'no parking', one 'use mobile phone', three in the bus zone, one speeding offence, and two 'no stopping'," Hills operations duty officer Inspector Daryn Middlebrook said.

Officers from The Hills and highway patrol also patrolled the school zone outside Glenhaven Public in the morning and afternoon as part of Operation School Zone Safety and found Roads and Maritime Services there.

"We've spoken to them about the length of the zone . . . it should be extended," Inspector Middlebrook said.

"This is one location that an overhead school pedestrian bridge could work.

"It would do two things: it would ensure the safety of kids being dropped off, and maintain traffic flow."

The Hills commander Superintendent Rob Critchlow said in November he would send officers to patrol school zones, mornings and afternoons.

He said the operation was highly successful in the north shore, his previous command.

Jasper Road and Matthew Pearce public schools, in Baulkham Hills, were patrolled in December.

"There were a number of offences detected," Inspector Middlebrook said.

"If there were no offences it would still be a successful operation because it's about raising visibility.

"Many schools have similar issues in regards to the safety and design layout of their kiss-and-drop [zone] and parking.

"Everyone just needs to be patient, vigilant, slow down, be courteous."

He is considering getting officers during future patrols to give parents flyers about the state government's new free Speed Adviser app, which alerts motorists about to enter a school zone.

Click here to read about parents' pick-up habits outside Sherwood Ridge Public School.

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