Safety of school children is paramount and up to everyone
OUR kids need to be safe going to and coming away from school.
And it's up to all motorists to make sure that they remain safe at all times.
There is a 40kmh zone posted at each school in Gladstone and if people are not going to take responsibility for adhering to that speed restriction, then the book needs to be thrown at them.
Our police do a wonderful job keeping a close eye on school zones, but obviously they can't be at all schools all the time, so it's left to us to ensure we do the right thing.
We probably also need to ask the question: are the pedestrian crossings at our schools all in the safest possible spot?
Are they highly visible to motorists?
We have heard of many instances of near misses and crashes near our schools.
Some of these will be caused by inattention - others will be caused by excessive speed.
We need to take note of crossing wardens, and keep a close eye on them.