WATCH OUT: Students Jake Mills and Ky Bennett near the often unnoticed speed zone sign.
WATCH OUT: Students Jake Mills and Ky Bennett near the often unnoticed speed zone sign. Tanya Easterby

Read the signs or pay the price, police warn

POLICE have warned drivers in Cootharaba Rd to be extra careful to adhere to the area's all-day school-zone speed limit.

Sgt Mick Curran said many drivers did not appear to realise the 40kmh limit applied all day, from 7.30am to 4pm, outside the Gympie State High School.

He said drivers doing 60kmh in the zone would be fined $220 fine with three demerit points.

"I hope they wouldn't be doing more than 60kmh, but at 65kmh they would be more than 20kmh over the limit, a fine of $366 and four points," he said.

And that may soon be far from the worst of it for errant drivers.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson this week announced Newman Government plans to increase school zone speeding penalties.

Mr Emerson said that despite new flashing light warnings, more than 50,000 drivers were caught speeding in a school zone between January 2011 and April 2013.

"If warning lights don't curb speeding, we will increase penalties," he said.

Gympie Times


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