Police will be targeting school zones this week

POLICE yesterday reminded Gympie motorists to pay particular attention when driving near schools as students returned to school yesterday after the Easter holidays.

Police charged 10 people with unlicensed or disqualified driving in Gympie and Tin Can Bay in the second week of the school holidays, six people with driving an unregistered or uninsured vehicle and one person with driving under the influence or alcohol.

A police spokesman said police would this week target driver behaviour near schools in the Gympie region, particularly:

 School zones, including speeding offences in 40kmh zones, including changes in times for some school zones;

 Parking and no standing zone offences in relation to the drop-off and pick-up of children at schools;

 School crossings; and.

 Any other offences detected around schools, including drink and drug driving, defective vehicles, seat belts and general traffic enforcement activities.

Parents are reminded to park in the designated areas to ensure children are not put at risk by walking out on to roadways between parked cars.

Young children are especially vulnerable when it comes to traffic because it is impossible for them to accurately judge the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles.

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