17,110 speeding infringements in Queensland school zones were issued last year from the beginning of 2017 to September 30, in and around our schools in Queensland and local Police say this year, our region won’t be contributors to such a huge number… They’re on the hunt.
Police Minister Mark Ryan and Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating joined forces with Local Police to warn that school zones are now fully operational with speed limits reduced during designated drop-off and pick-up times.
Assistant Commissioner Keating says motorists should expect police to be out in force in school zones throughout this week targeting drivers and riders who are putting others at risk near schools.
“Police will also be enforcing important road rules such as stopping at children’s crossings and giving way to pedestrians.”
The standard operating times for most school zones in Queensland is 7–9am and 2–4pm.
For us, a sharp eye is also required for school buses in and out of towns.
“By reducing your speed, you are less likely to be involved in a serious collision as you have more time to make split second decisions, you are less likely to lose control of the vehicle and have much shorter stopping distances.”
“I’d also urge parents and carers to speak to their children about basic road safety such as when and where to cross the road and always wearing a helmet when riding a bike.”
The ‘Back to School’ week is the final phase of QPS’ 50-day Christmas Road Safety Campaign which concludes at midnight on Friday.