School- zone speed­ers stung

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - THOMAS CHAM­BER­LIN

LEAD­FOOT mo­torists are be­ing caught speed­ing more than 100 times a day in school zones, with po­lice warn­ing Queens­land chil­dren’s lives are at risk.

Al­most 120,000 mo­torists have been caught speed­ing in school zones since 2010, rak­ing in mil­lions of dol­lars in fines.

More than 1200 mo­torists were caught at speeds in ex­cess of 30km/ h over the limit, 144 more than 40km/ h over and 22 bi­cy­cle riders were clocked up to 20km/ h above the al­lowed speed.

Road Safety Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley de­manded mo­torists slow down out­side schools and said the Gov­ern­ment had an open mind about tougher penal­ties to crack down on of­fend­ers.

It comes as the Pedes­trian Coun­cil of Aus­tralia calls for greater po­lice en­force­ment in school zones, in­clud­ing a 25 per cent fine in­crease and an ex­tra de­merit point penalty.

“These ( chil­dren) are our na­tion’s most pre­cious as­set – why aren’t we vig­or­ously en­forc­ing?” PCA chair­man Harold Scruby said.

“The Gov­ern­ment is go­ing soft on them.”

There are about 3100 school zones in Queens­land at pri­mary and high schools.

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