Back to School: slow down around kids

WARWICK Police and their counterparts across the state have issued a warning to motorists that they are now in "back to school" traffic policing mode.

Warwick Station Acting Officer in Charge Lisa Self told the Daily News this was "phase three" of the Christmas and New Year road safety campaign for Queensland.

"With schools resuming next week, drivers need to be aware that we will be increasing our policing presence around school zones," she said.

"There will be increased speed detection around school crossings and school lower speed zones.

"We want parents and motorists to be extra switched-on during what is a very busy time on our roads."

Acting Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating of the Queensland Road Policing Command likewise urged Queensland road users to slow down and be extra vigilant when travelling in school zones.

"Everyone in the community needs to do their part to ensure the safety of our children as they return to school," he said.

"We want to remind road users to be aware of road rules and obey the speed limit in school zones during the signed hours.

"Children can be unpredictable but by following the road rules and staying alert, you may help prevent a tragedy."

He said in 2014 police issued more than 25,090 traffic infringements across Queensland for speeding in school zones.

Of that, 5115 traffic infringements were issued during the last quarter of 2014, demonstrating that motorists are still ignoring warnings and continue to speed in school zones.

"Police will be out in force around schools and intercept those caught not complying with all road rules - paying particular attention to speed, fatigue, impaired driving, failure to wear seatbelts and distracted and inattentive drivers," A/Asst Comm Keating said.

"It is not only motorists that need to heed the warning, with 19 traffic infringements being issued last year to bicycle riders who were caught exceeding the speed limit in a school zone.

"The commencement of school also means an increase in traffic with police asking for motorists to plan ahead, allow extra travel time for their journey and to be patient with any delays."