SPELLED OUT: Gladstone Central State School students should be safer thanks to the new school zone sign. Pictured are (L-R) Amy Halliday, 7, Breanna Peachey, 8, and Jemma Halliday, 9.
SPELLED OUT: Gladstone Central State School students should be safer thanks to the new school zone sign. Pictured are (L-R) Amy Halliday, 7, Breanna Peachey, 8, and Jemma Halliday, 9. Christopher Chan

School zones can’t be missed with new large on-road signs

SCHOOL is back and students are not the only ones needing to be educated.

Local drivers have no excuse for speeding through school zones after large on-road signs were painted at Gladstone Central State School and Boyne Island State School over the holidays.

The renewed push for slowing down comes after alarming figures showed complete disregard for children by many drivers through school zones across the state.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said over 6000 tickets had been issued for speeding in school zones in the first quarter of this year.

Mr Dempsey said even minor speeding in these areas doubled the chances of a serious accident.

"Driving at speeds just over 5km/h above the speed limit in urban areas, and 10km/h above the speed limit in rural areas, doubles the risk of a casualty crash," he said.

Acting principal of Gladstone Central State School Coralie Baldwin said the signs were great from a safety aspect for school-users.

"No one missed them on the way in to the school today, that's for sure," Ms Baldwin said.

Former Clinton State School principal Yvette Luckock said it was time drivers took responsibility of their actions.

"It's usually drivers who have nothing to do with the school who speed (in school zones) and it just shows no respect for kids," she said.

The details

  • Over 6000 tickets issued for speeding in school zones in first quarter of 2013
  • School zones enforced in Gladstone from 7.30-9am and 2.30-4pm
  • 40 km/h enforced on roads where existing limit is up to 70 km/h

*information gathered from Department of Transport and Main Roads website