Motorists are being reminded to drive safely in and around school zones as the 2019 school year gets under way.

Hume council mayor Carly Moore said drivers needed to take extra care around schools.

“Being considerate, patient and mindful of pedestrians in the increased traffic, particularly at school drop-off and pick-up times, will help ensure that every child in Hume is able to get to and from school safely,” Cr Moore said.

“There is no excuse for not following 40 kilometre speed limits or parking restrictions in school zones.

“Helping your child get to school safely is our priority.

“As of the start of the 2019 school year, we have engaged 98 crossing supervisors whose responsibility is to ensure that over 40,000 students in Hume get to school safely.”

Hume’s school-aged population is tipped to rise by 53 per cent to 63,023 children aged 5-17.

“This remarkable growth demonstrates great confidence in our city and more importantly, it illustrates how the combination of affordability, infrastructure and services continues to attract young families to Hume,” Cr Moore said,

“Council will continue to advocate for better roads, services and infrastructure to ensure that young families can provide a sound education for their children.”