Flashing lights turn on safety message at school zones

MORE flashing lights are on the way to help put the brakes on school zone speedsters in Gladstone.

Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years, with the first 100 on the list including Benaraby State School and Builyan State School.

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said it was great news that two local schools were in the next round but he would fight to get every school in the electorate on the books to receive flashing lights within the three years.

Mr Butcher said flashing lights were a fantastic tool as too many drivers became complacent without a visual reminder.

"They're absolute gold for the kids and the schools to make sure the students are safer," Mr Butcher said.

"The bigger and bolder they are the better."

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said $12 million had been allocated in 2015-16 State Budget to boost safety for school students.

The new safety measures will also include an extra 75 school crossing supervisors in the next three financial years.

Mr Bailey said the flashing signs had been a huge success since the Labor Government introduced them in 2011.

"Since then, flashing lights have been installed at more than 500 school zones across Queensland," he said.

Several factors are taken into account when choosing sites for flashing lights, such as the area's crash history and traffic volumes.

Benaraby State School principal Jane van der Weide said she was happy to see flashing lights installed to get the attention of drivers using the busy O'Connor Rd.

"It will mean that our children are safer," she said.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie encouraged the rollout of flashing lights at schools across Queensland.

Ms Ritchie said flashing lights, along with coloured road markings, were an effective way to alert drivers to the change in the speed limit.

"We think that anything that can visibly highlight the need to slow down around school zones is a good thing," Ms Ritchie said.

- APN NEWSDESK