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Powell Media Release – Flashing school zone signs switched on (25 October 2013)

New flashing school zone lights are now installed at Chevallum State School as part of the Newman Government’s election commitment.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said the flashing lights will assist to warn motorists to slow down in school zones.

“Protecting the safety of our students and the whole school community is a top priority.  The installation of flashing warning lights in Chevallum will act as a continual reminder to motorists to slow down and take care in school zones,” Mr Powell said.

  • We believe these signs are going to go a long way in reminding drivers they are approaching school zones and need to slow down immediately
  • The safety of all road users is our top priority, and that is certainly the case for our littlest Queenslanders.
  • Children are by nature unpredictable, and may not be concentrating when they approach the streets or roads next to school.
  • Speeding through school zones greatly increases the risk to all pedestrians, as the faster a vehicle is travelling, the longer it takes to stop and the greater the severity of impact.

The Newman Government has committed $10 million over four years to install flashing light signs at over 300 school zones.

In 2012, there were 24,836 fines issued in school zones – an increase of 44 per cent from 2011. Of the fines issued, between January and December 2012, a concerning 316 were motorists travelling at more than 30km/h above the speed limit, with 36 drivers travelling more than 40km/h above the speed limit.

[ENDS] 25 October 2013

 

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