Another excerpt from the Ballarat paper: Speed limit still in force BALLARAT drivers will have to slow to 40kmh through vacant school zones until next Wednesday. Ballarat schools finish the year on different dates, but all 40kmh school zones remain valid, and motorists could still be booked for speeding. Drivers have been confused about when each school year ends, and VicRoads and police were unsure about the rules when contacted by The Courier earlier this week. Ballarat police have been turning up to schools to monitor speeds, only to move on when they realised the school was closed. VicRoads regional manager for Western Victoria Lance Midgley has moved to clear up any confusion by saying 40kmh school speed zones would be valid until Wednesday, the official last day of term four for Victoria. Mr Midgley said there were private schools that finished earlier, but the date was widely published and accepted as the last day for the 40kmh speed limit. He said VicRoads planned to "fine-tune" the system to cover all schools next year. "That situation will hopefully be sorted out next year," he said. "All I can suggest is to abide by the (40kmh) speed limit for the next few days. If people comply with the sign, there is no risk of being booked." Ballarat Traffic Management Unit police have received negative feedback from drivers about the confusion. Sergeant Ross Humphrey said at least one person had been referred to VicRoads over the matter. Sgt Humphrey said drivers were not the only ones who were confused about which days were school days. "We never get told what days are student-free days or curriculum days," Sgt Humphrey said. "We end up turning up to school crossings and seeing that school's not in and going to another one." Mr Midgley said his advice to drivers was to stick to the lower speed limit if they were uncertain. He said the same idea applied to drivers who turned from side streets into main roads - they should stay at the default 50kmh speed limit until they see another speed limit sign. The first term of the 2006 school year starts on January 30, and the 40kmh limit will be enforced from 8am that day.