IN SIGHT: Motorists will be staring down the barrel of a speed gun in school zones.
IN SIGHT: Motorists will be staring down the barrel of a speed gun in school zones. Jordan Philp

School is back so be alert when driving through school zones

WARWICK kids are back at school for the second term of the year and that means schools zones are once again active.

RACQ has urged all Warwick motorists to slow down and be aware of school zones.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said motorists needed to shake themselves out of holiday mode and be alert for children riding bikes, crossing roads, getting on and off buses, and in and out of cars.

"Whenever a new school term begins, it's vital for motorists to take extra care when driving through school zones, at crossings and anywhere children may be on the road during their journey," she said.

"The reality is that young children can be very unpredictable, they've not yet developed the spatial awareness we have as adults, so motorists need to be alert and prepared for the unexpected."

Ms Ritchie said if motorists were speeding through school zones tomorrow they should expect to be caught.

"Queensland police will be targeting drivers who break the law around schools," she said.

"Children will be getting used to their routine after a break, so drivers must remember the reduced 40kmh school zone speed limits in effect on weekdays from 7-9am and from 2-4pm, unless otherwise signed."

"Speed limits are set for a reason. It's to give motorists time to react to the unexpected and to reduce vehicle stopping distances."