Back to school means back off the accelerator

The State’s peak motoring body has urged drivers to slow down on the first day of the new school term, after research revealed thousands of motorists were caught speeding through school zones in just one year.

Flashing school zone sign in Queensland

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the data* showed 11,885 people were nabbed travelling more than 13 kilometres per hour (km/h) over the speed limit in Queensland school zones between 31 October 2016 and 1 November 2017.

“It’s extremely concerning more than half the total number of infringements were for drivers going well over the 40km/h school zone speed limit,” Ms Ross said.

“It’s frustrating so many people are willing to risk the lives of our most vulnerable. There’s no excuse for speeding through a school zone.”

Ms Ross reminded drivers to keep to 40km/h in school zones on weekdays from 7-9am and 2-4pm, unless otherwise signed.

“It can take children years to learn about spatial awareness and interacting safely with traffic, so it really is up to us, as drivers, to be alert and prepared for anything,” she said.

“Even if you take your eyes off the road for just two seconds, a car moving at 40km/h travels more than 22 metres.

“Speeding will not only earn you a fine, but it can have catastrophic consequences – drivers need to be extra vigilant, especially during pick up and drop off times.”

Drivers who exceeded speed limit in school zone by between 13km/h-20km/h – 31 October 2016 to 1 November 2107:

  • Brisbane Police Region – 4351
  • Central Police Region – 2047
  • Southern Police Region – 1631
  • South Eastern Police Region – 3200
  • Northern Police Region – 640
  • Unknown – 16.

*Data collected by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.