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Powell Media Release – School safety boost (6 November 2013)

Burnside State Primary and High Schools will soon benefit from flashing lights improving safety for students and motorists.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said the Newman Government continues to ramp up its commitment to improving safety around school zones.

“Burnside State Primary and High Schools are on track to receive flashing lights as early as next week to alert motorists they’re approaching a school zone,” Mr Powell said.

“School lights are being installed at schools where there is a significant crash history, high level of car and pedestrian traffic, higher speed limits or visibility problems.

“The Newman Government is committed to the safety of all Queenslanders on our roads – especially our littlest ones and flashing school lights will ensure an extra safety boost around school zones.

“The signs act as an extra reminder for parents and other motorists to slow down in and around school areas while young Queenslanders made their way to and from school.

“Motorists need to remember children are unpredictable when crossing streets and by slowing down you are diffusing a potentially dangerous situation.”

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

Background

In 2012, there were 24,842 fines issued in school zones – an increase of 44 per cent from 2011. Of the fines issued, between January and December 2012, a concerning 317 were motorists travelling at more than 30km/h above the speed limit, with 43 drivers travelling more than 40km/h above the speed limit.

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