School zone warning as thousands caught speeding

Drivers are being urged to think about their speed as they travel through school zones.

Thousands of Queensland drivers have been busted driving at well above the speed limit through school zones in just one year.

Main Roads data shows 11,885 people were caught driving at more than 13km/h over the speed limit in Queensland school zones between 31 October 2016 and 1 November 2017.

There were 2047 motorists nabbed in the central police region, which includes the Sunshine Coast.

The alarming statistics has the RACQ urging drivers to slow down as children return to school for Term 3.

“It’s extremely concerning more than half the total number of infringements were for drivers going well over the 40km/h school zone speed limit,” RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said.

“It’s frustrating so many people are willing to risk the lives of our most vulnerable. There’s no excuse for speeding through a school zone.”

Ms Ross reminded drivers to keep to 40km/h in school zones on weekdays from 7am-9am and 2pm-4pm, unless otherwise signed.

She said it was up to drivers to do the right thing when travelling through school zones as children took years to learn how to safely interact with traffic.“Even if you take your eyes off the road for just two seconds, a car moving at 40km/h travels more than 22 metres,” she said.

“Speeding will not only earn you a fine, but it can have catastrophic consequences – drivers need to be extra vigilant, especially during pick up and drop off times.”