From Monday school returns, which means five things:
- School speed zones and limits will be back in force in the morning and afternoon;
- Children will be excited about going to school and may run out onto the road;
- Some parents will be doing silly things, including parking where they shouldn’t, making crossings etc. unsafe for other pedestrians and motorists;
- Expect lots of traffic and frazzled people near schools; and
- Road Policing Command will be conducting a ‘return to school enforcement campaign’.
In Queensland school zones, drivers must be at or below 40Km/h from the moment they pass the sign at the commencement of the school zone to when they have passed the sign marking the end of the school zone.
There is no tolerance for slowing down or accelerating entering or leaving a school zone.
Speeding in school zones will be enforced during the return to school road safety campaign.
Do you know how long it takes to stop?
If you have good reactions (i.e. paying attention to driving) at:
- 40Km/h, it would take approx. 26m to stop in dry weather
- 50Km/h, it would take approx. 35m to stop in dry weather
- 60Km/h, it would take approx. 45m to stop in dry weather
For more information see the ‘Stopping distances: speed and braking’ page on the Transport and Main Roads webpage.
Senior Sergeant Andrew Lake 6695
Operational Improvement Unit
Police Headquarters, Brisbane
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