New school zone times now apply
DRIVERS in school zones have been asked to pay extra attention to new school zone times and speed limits introduced yesterday around the Gympie region.
Officer in charge of the Gympie Police District sergeant Peter Webster has asked drivers to read the signs, check the time and get used to the new school zone times.
School zone times in the Gympie region were standardised yesterday as part of a program being rolled out across the state by the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The new times across all schools in the region will be 7.30 to 9.30am and 2 to 4pm.
Different speed limits will apply in roads adjacent to schools, depending on their location, however, the times will be consistent across the region.
This change has been implemented to help improve road safety in school zones and help avoid confusion by motorists and other users.
Sgt Webster said his officers would be out and about monitoring the new speed limits and times.
He said there would be no second chances for drivers who flouted the new changes.
"The rules will be enforced from day one," Sgt Webster said.
He urged drivers to check the signs as the passed through the new school zones and be aware of the changes and slow down.
Sgt Webster said the move was a good thing.
"It raises awareness around schools and reduces the risk to young pedestrians," Sgt Webster said.
"It will take the confusion out of the school zones.
"The standardisation will make it easier to comply."
Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne said the council had consulted with schools in the region to help determine the most effective times to comply with the state guidelines.
"Council wishes to ensure that motorists and users of these zones are aware of the changes and advises that council staff will be upgrading the existing signage prior to 9 July."
Further information about these changes can be accessed through the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Road website.