Signage advises the new school zone times.
Signage advises the new school zone times. Max Fleet

Drivers praised in school zones

IT APPEARS motorists in the Gympie region have been complying with new school zone times and speed limits.

Officer in charge of Gympie Police District traffic branch, Sergeant Peter Webster, said few drivers had been booked for speeding through the school zones since the extended times of 7.30-9.30am and 2-4pm were applied. He said school zone offences had not increased since new signage was installed.

"Generally, motorists seem to be well aware of new times and are doing the right thing," he added.

Sgt Webster released the Gympie figures from the district's participation in a state-wide road policing initiative over the school holidays.

During Operation Cold Snap, Gympie officers conducted 3581 random breath tests with just 19 drink drivers charged.

Across Queensland, 142,438 motorists were breath tested with 1244 positive readings detected. There were also 553 roadside drug tests conducted with 40 positive readings.

A whopping 367 life endangering offences were committed by motorists during the school holiday period in the Gympie Police District, which includes Nanango, Murgon and Cherbourg and Kingaroy. About 30 people were charged for either driving an unregistered vehicle or while disqualified and there were 11 car crashes causing injuries.

"We want people to remember that police can be enforcing the road rules anywhere, at anytime," Sgt Webster said.

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