The Gladstone Police will target drivers who do not observe the regulation limits at school zones.
The Gladstone Police will target drivers who do not observe the regulation limits at school zones. Brenda Strong

Schools get into the zone

THIS year standardised school zone times will be put in place throughout Queensland in a push to make the trip to and from school safer for the state's little ones.

Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the New Rules Around School campaign, which was launched this month, promoted the range of school zone safety initiatives being rolled out this year.

"These changes will make it easier for everyone to remember when to slow down and take extra care when schools start going back next week," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"By making it consistent across the state, we're taking away any confusion and making it safer for everyone around schools."

Ms Palaszczuk said all school zone operating times would be progressively standardised to 7-9am and 2-4pm, unless specifically signed, and by Easter all school zones in south-east Queensland would be on the new times.

"The rest of the state will have standardised school zone times in place by July 9 when school returns from the mid-year holidays," she said.

"Additionally, all-day school zones will be rolled out at split-campus schools where students need to cross a road to attend class. Flashing light signage will be used to draw attention to these special all-day zones."

She hoped the new rules would reduce the number of reckless drivers in school zones.

"Last year almost 16,000 people were caught speeding through school zones.

"More than 65% of those motorists were exceeding the limit by 13-20km - that's not good enough and that's why we are toughening up the rules.

"The message is simple - look out for the signs, check the times and slow down in school zones."



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