Speed­ers in school zones caus­ing alarm

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE lives of chil­dren con­tinue to be put at risk by care­less driv­ers.

To­day’s re­port, which re­veals mo­torists are be­ing caught speed­ing in school zones more than 100 times each day around Queens­land, is alarm­ing.

And some of those driv­ers are do­ing more than 40km/ h over the speed limit in front of schools.

Young chil­dren face an in­creased risk of be­ing hit by ve­hi­cles due to their poor abil­ity to as­sess the speed of on­com­ing traf­fic.

The threat to these chil­dren is very se­ri­ous and there have been calls for the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment to get tougher on those be­ing caught.

The Pedes­trian Coun­cil of Aus­tralia wants the state to fol­low the lead of New South Wales where a beef­ing up of penal­ties for speed­ing in school zones in­clude the loss of an ex­tra de­merit point and a 25 per cent in­crease in fines.

To its credit the State Gov­ern­ment is push­ing ahead with plans to spend $ 12 mil­lion on in­stalling more flash­ing signs in school zones. The flash­ing signs are ef­fec­tive and leave driv­ers with no ex­cuses for not eas­ing their foot off the ac­cel­er­a­tor.

The num­ber of mo­torists caught speed­ing in Queens­land’s 3100 school zones dou­bled be­tween 2010 and 2013 be­fore a slight drop in the 2014.

This was at­trib­uted by po­lice to in­creased sig­nage in the school zones.

The Gov­ern­ment has in­di­cated it is open to com­ing down harder on of­fend­ers and should be en­cour­aged to do so for the safety of our most pre­cious as­sets.

JT head­ing for 4th Dally M

THE North Queens­land Cowboys are on track for their best sea­son in the NRL and their star player Johnathan Thurston has been a ma­jor part of that suc­cess.

Tonight he will look to con­tinue his sparkling form in Mon­day night football where he has won five man- of- the- match awards this sea­son.

It would be silly to bet against him notch­ing an in­cred­i­ble sixth hon­our at 1300SMILES Sta­dium tonight against the Eels as he chases a record fourth Dally M award.

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