By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
SAMONE Warry crosses her fingers every day as she watches her kids ride their bikes to school and figures show her concern is warranted.
Central Queensland motorists are ignoring lower speed limits around schools, according to research by Australian Associated Motor Insurers (AAMI).
Nine-year-old Jay and eight-year-old Toni Warry dash off on their bikes two or three times a week "just thinking about getting to school to play''.
No matter how many times she warns Jay and Toni to be careful on the road, to watch out for traffic, Ms Warry said it was easy for children to be distracted and unpredictable.
Ms Warry recalled screaming after Toni when her daughter ran across a road in front of a car.
"It was that close to her ? she just seemed to forget,'' Ms Warry said.
Toni escaped with a stern warning from a frightened Ms Warry. Almost half of Central Queensland motorists admitted they had almost hit a pedestrian or cyclist.
Despite this, nine per cent often ignore restricted speed limits.
Three quarters of Central Queensland motorists called for increased police patrols around school areas, a move supported by Gladstone police.
During the first week of school extra police would patrol school areas in an effort to reduce the number of accidents in school zones.