Ranger alert around local schools

Augusta Margaret River Times
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River rangers are reminding parents and visitors about orderly parking arrangements for 2019, now school has returned. Pictured are rangers Peter Fagan and Andrew Ryder.
Camera IconShire of Augusta-Margaret River rangers are reminding parents and visitors about orderly parking arrangements for 2019, now school has returned. Pictured are rangers Peter Fagan and Andrew Ryder. Credit: Warren Hately

Rangers will continue to police parents and citizens parking around local schools to make sure students are safe.

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River acting rangers co-ordinator Amanda Price said the start of the school year meant active patrols to make sure all local laws were followed.

“Rangers are playing an active role in ensuring people driving to school are aware of the pick-up, drop-off and parking zones,” she said.

“These zones are important because it maintains the sight lines for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to ensure everyone can interact safely.”

She said rangers would give warnings at first, trusting drivers would adhere to the rules.

“After a grace period of two weeks, rangers will then pursue enforcement and infringements,” Ms Price said. “We remind everyone to exercise patience at the peak pick-up and drop-off times, (and) allow a little extra time for traffic congestion.

“Wherever possible, we encourage walking and riding to school to minimise traffic congestion.”

Rapids Landing Primary School principal Lisa Helenius said rangers’ support was welcome.

“During the planning phase of our new school, we spent considerable time consulting with stakeholders to ensure our signage and processes would enable smooth traffic movement and pedestrian safety,” she said.

“It is always helpful to have rangers educate our school community, especially as we are a growing school with many new enrolments.”

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