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Powell Media Release – Local MP calling for more Flashing Lights in school zones (6 December 2013)

As part of their election commitment, the Newman Government has committed $10 million over four years to install flashing light signs in over 300 school zones.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP is pleased to announce that the Glass House electorate has so far had flashing lights installed at Beerburrum and Chevallum State Schools, which has been very well received by the school communities in these areas.

“Parents, teachers and students associated with both of these schools have approached me to say how grateful they are that the Government is taking their safety so seriously.

“The main purpose of these flashing lights in our school zones is to warn motorists that they are approaching a local school and to remind them to observe the lowered speed in that zone.

“This is also about reminding drivers to be on alert.  We know children are by nature unpredictable and may not be concentrating when they approach the streets or roads next to school areas so if we can give drivers a reminder to be on guard we will go a long way to preventing any unnecessary accidents,” Mr Powell said.

Mr Powell has now started a campaign to get four other school zones in consideration for flashing lights by the end of the next financial year, this includes Wamuran, Woodford and Elimbah more recently Maleny.

“Community members in each of these areas have agreed to spearhead these petitions and will be working hard to get as many signatures as they can from community members.  The petitions are also online so make sure you visit the Parliamentary website so you don’t miss out.

“As the father of five young children, I am passionate about the safety of our young people and if we can make the wider community realise how important this sort of precaution is, we will be ensuring our school zones are safer for everybody.

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.

The petitions can be signed online via the following link – http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions

[ENDS] 6 December 2013

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