Blitz on school zones
AS school swings back into action for another year, drivers beware - school zone rules have been toughened up this year.
A safety campaign to make roads around schools safer for young people began this week, and police officers from the Gympie District Traffic Branch will be stepping up patrols of school zones once school goes back next week.
Senior Constable Chris Watson will be patrolling Gympie on his motorbike in the first weeks of school, paying special attention to school zones during the designated times.
The changes drivers need to be aware of are school zone operating times, which will be progressively standardised across the state from 7-9am and 2-4pm by July 9. This will come into effect when school returns from the mid-year holidays. Flashing light signage will also be installed at schools where students need to cross a road to attend class.
The government's decision to make school zones consistent across the state has been designed to reduce any chance of driver confusion while making the roads safer for everyone around schools. The message is simple - look out for the signs, check the times and slow down in school zones.
- Do not park across footpaths. Pedestrians will be forced to walk onto the road.
- Do not stop in the No Standing zones near corners or school crossings.
- Do not double park.
- Be extra cautious around school buses.
Last year almost 16,000 people were caught speeding through school zones in Queensland with more than 65% exceeding the limit by 13-20kmh.