The mobile speed camera positioned inside the grounds of Whites Hill State College. Pictures: Brian Bennion
The mobile speed camera positioned inside the grounds of Whites Hill State College. Pictures: Brian Bennion

Hundreds caught in sneaky school zone speed trap

Road Policing Command has had to explain why a speed camera was positioned inside the grounds of a high school after a barrage of complaints.

The road safety camera was removed on Friday after being stationed at Whites Hill College near busy Samuel Street since February 18.

According to police an average of 20 motorists an hour were caught travelling above the 40kmh school zone speed limit.

A staggering 974 incidents were detected over the past fortnight with the camera only operating during the school zone times; two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon each school day.

 

A standard school zone sign at the approach to Whites Hill State College on Samuel St.
A standard school zone sign at the approach to Whites Hill State College on Samuel St.

Both Coorparoo and adjoining Chandler council ward offices received complaints from residents saying the speed trap was pure revenue raising, with the camera located off the road behind trees down a slope past the school crossing.

Councillor Adrian Schrinner (Chandler) said high profile enforcement proved to be the most effective method to make motorists aware of school zones.

"Hiding a camera inside school grounds is a bit counter-productive," Cr Schrinner said.

"By the time people go past that camera, they've already past the busiest part of the school all the way down the hill. It doesn't make a lot of sense in that location."

State LNP Member for Chatsworth, Shadow Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Minnikin said speed cameras had to be used for proven traffic blackspots.

"All fixed cameras should be part of an overarching effort to road safety. They should not be positioned in a way that it is mere revenue raising for state government coffers," Mr Minnikin said.

State Labor Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly said the site was identified as a high risk area with many commuters thinking it was a 60kmh zone.

"The QPS and Whites Hill State College came to an agreement to situate the mobile camera where it is over a period of two weeks to operate during school zone areas in an effort to encourage motorists to comply with local speed zones," Mr Kelly said.

"At the end of the day, like everyone in our community, I prioritise keeping our school kids safe."

MOTORISTS IGNORE 40KMH LIMIT

MORE than half of the 974 incidents detected at Whites College were more than 10kmh above the speed limit.

Police said the highest detected speed was 69kmh in the 40kmh school zone.

 

 

Signage at the Whites Hill State College crossing at Samuel St.
Signage at the Whites Hill State College crossing at Samuel St.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman said road safety camera trailers were deployed in high-risk road corridors including, school zones, high speed road corridors and at road work zones.

"Prior to deploying, a risk assessment is conducted at each proposed location, to ascertain the most suitable site for the trailer to be positioned," the QPS spokeswoman said.

"In this instance, it was considered that deployment within the school grounds would ensure that the trailer would not cause a road hazard; did not impede traffic; parking spaces for parents and staff would not be occupied by the trailer; and the camera system met the operational requirements including a secure area for the trailer."