Reminder on school zones as students return

Queensland's police minister urges road users to observe school zones, as the State’s students return for another term

July 8, 2013

Queensland Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey has reminded motorists to observe school zones as thousands of students resume classes.

Dempsey says more than 6,000 tickets were issued for speeding in school zones in the first quarter of 2013. He says police will be out in force throughout the term to catch those putting children’s lives at risk.

"Driving at speeds just over 5km/h above the speed limit in urban areas and 10km/h above the speed limit in rural areas doubles the risk of a casualty crash," Dempsey says.

"Already this year 154 lives have been lost on our roads, 20 more than the same time last year.

"Following the directions of school crossing supervisors and allowing a little extra time for your trip to account for the increase in traffic around schools will go a long way towards ensuring the safety of our children."

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