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Powell Media Release – Sunshine Coast school safety boost (30 January 2013)

Walking to and from school will be safer for children and parents as the Newman Government announced the next 33 schools to benefit from flashing traffic lights.

 Member for Glass House Andrew Powell and Member for Buderim Steve Dickson announced that the next round of the $10 million program will increase safety at Chevallum State School and Buderim Mountain State School.

 “I’m delighted that the Department of Transport and Main Roads has approved these lights as it will increase the safety benefits for our area,” Mr Powell said.

 “Kids and traffic can be a dangerous mix and these lights will be another reminder to drivers to slow down around schools.

 “Children can be hard to see and may not be concentrating around their mates before or after school, so this will be an important extra safety measure.”

 Mr Dickson reminded motorists to take care near school zones and to stick to the lower speed limits as school goes back this week.

 “School zones are all clearly signed so avoid getting a fine and stick to the speed limit,” he said.

 “The LNP is taking proactive steps to tackle the problem of speeding through school zones, with the first round of lights for the priority 15 schools were delivered in time for school to return with next 33 schools due to have their lights installed by June 2013.

 “We have given priority to schools that have a significant crash history, a high level of car and pedestrian traffic, higher speed limits or visibility problems.”

 There were 17,254 fines handed out in school zones in 2011 – an increase of 40 per cent in just two years. Of the 8131 fines handed out between January and May 2012, a concerning 114 were motorists travelling at more than 30kph above the speed limit.

 [ENDS] 30 January 2013

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