School zones uniform

BUNDABERG police have welcomed a move to standardise time frames governing speed limits in school zones.

At the moment, the times at which the slower speed limits apply vary between schools.

But from July this year, every school zone in the state will have a lower speed limit enforced from 7-9am and 2-4pm.

Bundaberg police traffic branch officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said the changes would mean less confusion in school zones.

He said the changes were also a timely reminder for people to go slow near schools.

"We tend to get a high amount of speeders in school zones at the start of the school year, which is when slowing down is the most important," he said.

"But by a few weeks in, people have got back into the swing of things."

Despite that, Sgt Arnold said police would catch at least one person speeding in a school zone every day.

"We get a lot of excuses," he said.

"The two biggest are that they did not realise what the time was or they did not realise they were in a school zone."

Sgt Arnold said most school zones in the region had the standard time limits, but some varied by about half an hour.

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the changes would make it easier for everyone to remember when to slow down.

"By making it consistent across the state, we're making it safer for everyone around schools," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said special all-day school zones would be rolled out at split-campus schools to protect students who needed to cross the road to go to class.

Flashing lights signage would be used to draw attention to the special all-day zones.

A TV commercial, a part of the safety campaign, also aired across the state for the first time last night.

"The message is simple - look out for the signs, check the times and slow down in school zones," she said.

"There are no excuses for putting young lives at risk."



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