Queensland Minister for Police Jack Dempsey
Don’t Be A Dummy, Slow Down In School Zones
Victor P Taffa
Police Minister Jack Dempsey is urging drivers to take care in schools zones when students return to their studies next week.
Mr. Dempsey warned Police would not hesitate to use the full force of the law for those caught speeding in school zones.
“Children will be excited and unpredictable around school zones so drivers not only have to slow down, but they should also keep a good eye out for the unexpected.” Mr. Dempsey said.
“There are no excuses for placing little lives in danger and that’s exactly what speeding in school zones does.”
“Slowing down to the school zone speed limit of 40 km/hr dramatically reduces the stopping distance of an average car and could save lives.” Mr. Dempsey said.
“The Queensland Police Service (QPS) does not tolerate speeding at any time and will be ready to catch those who disobey the school zone speed limit.”
“The best way to avoid a speeding fine is to not speed at all.” Mr. Dempsey said.
Mr. Dempsey said the number of speeding infringements in school zones had increased significantly in recent years, with 12,335 speeding fines handed out in school zones in 2009 and 17,254 fines in 2011.
“The majority of people caught speeding are doing between 13 km/hr and 20 km/hr over the speed limit giving them little time to react if a child does step out onto the road.”
“The QPS wants to ensure that all children are able to travel to and from school safely.”
Mr. Dempsey urged drivers to take note of school holidays and the times that school zones in their area were in operation.