Hills school zones on rangers' radars

THE Hills Council rangers will continue to patrol the school zone at Castle Hill High in coming weeks — and makes no apologies for issuing fines to drivers who disobey the road rules.

A spokesman for council said the school’s principal, Vicki Brewer, requested rangers patrol the school zone more regularly after noticing a deterioration in driver behaviour.

‘‘Unfortunately, council officers cannot be at every school within The Hills shire every day,’’ he said.

Compliance officers have issued 39 infringement notices to motorists around Castle Hill High in the past 12 months.

But school parent William Rafeh said it’s unfair to target this area because there’s no safe place to drop off kids.

‘‘There’s no lollipop person helping the kids cross the road and no dropping bay,’’ Mr Rafeh said.

He copped a $304 fine and lost two demerit points for stopping to drop off his 14-year-old son outside the school on March 19.

‘‘We use the [Castle Street] roundabout at the entrance to the school to drop him off, which is a No Stopping zone,’’ Mr Rafeh, of Castle Hill, said.

Ms Brewer said: ‘‘It is certainly a little tricky but because we’re dealing with older students cars can drop off at a nearby access street.’’

The council’s spokesman said a kiss-and-drop zone was not possible at the school.

In 2012-13, the council’s compliance team issued 549 infringements notices to people doing the wrong thing in school zones.

Of those, 293 were for Disobey no stopping sign - School Zone.

■ No Stopping: Means that under no circumstances are you permitted to stop on a length of road to which a No Stopping sign applies (Aus Road Rule - 167).

■ $304 + 2 demerit points: The penalty for disobeying a No Stopping sign in a school zone.

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