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Powell Media Release – School safety continues (30 April 2013)

Walking to and from school will be safer for children and parents as the Newman Government announced the next 27 schools to benefit from flashing traffic lights.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell announced that the next round of the $10 million program will increase safety at Beerburrum 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 Powell reminded motorists to take care near school zones and to stick to the lower speed limits.

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

“In October last year Minister Emerson announced there would be flashing lights for 15 schools before the 2013 school year commenced and we have delivered on this promise.

“By the end of this financial year a total of 75 schools will have flashing lights adding an extra safety boost for children and motorists.”

Mr Powell said priority has been given 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 April 2013

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