School zone times are changing
SCHOOL zone speed limits are not optional, is the message Warwick Police are sending as rules for the zones change across Queensland.
Standardised school zone times will be rolled out across the State, a move Warwick Police acting Officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Gary Beling welcomed.
"If there is one set of rules across the State, there is no confusion," he said.
Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk urged people to familiarise themselves with the changes which will see school zone operation hours standardised to 7-9am and 2-4pm.
South east Queensland schools will notice changes before April 16, while the rest of the state will have them rolled out by July 9.
Snr Sgt Beling said motorists could expect police presence in school zones when classes return on Monday.
"We'll be very active, as a part of the current operation we will be targeting school zones in and around Warwick," he said.
He said drivers were regularly intercepted exceeding the 40km per hour limit.
"We hear 101 different excuses why they are speeding but they are driving a vehicle and need to be responsible for their actions," Snr Sgt Beling said. He said both parents of school children and other passing drivers had flouted the speed limit.
"And people breaking parking rules and double parking adds to the confusion of the traffic situation and puts the children at risk," he said.
"Children haven't got good road sense, especially the young ones."
Ms Palaszczuk said last year almost 16,000 people were caught speeding through school zones.
"More than 65% of those motorists were exceeding the limit by 13-20kmh," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"That's not good enough and that's why we are toughening up the rules," she said.
According to the Transport and Main Roads website 39-40 year-old drivers were the main culprits when it came to speeding through school zones and a media campaign with a focus that demographic launching this week.
- Standard school zone times will be 7-9 am and 2-4 pm, Monday to Friday.
- All south east Queensland schools will be standardised by April 16 and all Queensland schools will be standardised by July 9.
- All-day school zones will be rolled out at split campus schools where students need to cross a road to attend class.