Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years.
Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years. Darryn Smith

Flashing lights to help Bundy put the brakes on

MORE flashing lights are on the way to help put the brakes on school zone speedsters in Bundaberg.

Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years, with the first 100 on the rollout list including four schools in the region.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said $12 million had been allocated in 2015-16 State Budget to boost safety for school students.

The new safety measures will also include an extra 75 school crossing supervisors in the next three financial years.

Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson said school communities would welcome flashing lights as an extra cue to drivers to slow down.

"The flashing school zone lights are a great safety initiative and important for student safety," she said.

Mr Bailey said the flashing signs had been a huge success since the Labor Government introduced them in 2011. Since that time, flashing lights have been installed at more than 500 Queensland school zones.

Several factors are taken into account when choosing sites for flashing lights, such as the area's crash history and traffic volumes.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie encouraged the rollout of flashing lights at schools across the state.

Ms Ritchie said flashing lights, along with coloured road markings, were an effective way to alert drivers to the change in the speed limit.

"We think that anything that can visibly highlight the need to slow down around school zones is a good thing," Ms Ritchie said.

 

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