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Powell Media Release – Flashing school zone signs switched on at Elimbah and Wamuran (17 February 2014)

New flashing school zone lights are due to be installed this week at Elimbah and Wamuran State Schools as part of the Newman Government’s election commitment.

 Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the flashing lights will serve as strong reminders for drivers to slow down immediately when approaching school zones.

 “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.”

 Mr Powell said that he had been campaigning alongside the Elimbah and Wamuran communities for some time to have flashing lights installed at both sites.

 “Petitions for flashing lights at both schools were tabled to the Queensland Parliament last week.

 “Each of these petitions garnered a lot of support, and I am pleased to see that this community campaign was successful,” Mr Powell said.

 Flashing lights were also recently installed at Woodford State School after an equally effective campaign by the Woodford community.

 “A fourth petition has also been tabled for flashing lights at Maleny State School, and I will continue to champion this cause. 

“Each of these projects will go a long way in improving the safety of students and the wider community, but ultimately it is up to drivers to slow down and be alert in school zones,” Mr Powell said.

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

During 1 January to 30 September 2013, there were 22,365 speeding infringements issued in school zones.  This is 24 per cent greater than the same period for 2012.  Of the 22,365 speeding infringements, 251 were issued to drivers travelling between 31 and 40 km/h above the speed limit and 21 were issued to drivers travelling more than 40 km/h above the speed limit.

 

 -ENDS 17 February 2014

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