Speeding motorists have been put on notice today, as schools go back across Queensland, bringing back the 40km/h speed limits in school zones.
The RACQ has revealed almost 40,000 fines have been handed out around the state to motorists speeding through school zones over a two-year period.
Over 7,000 of those were dished out on the Gold Coast and Logan.
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RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith says of those fined, more than 23,000 were exceeding the limit by 13km/h or more.
“Reduced speed limits are put in place at schools for the safety of children and adults alike.
“Roads around schools are always high-risk and busy areas, with students walking and riding or being dropped off and picked up by their parents.
“So, it’s incredibly disappointing to see such a high number of drivers risking lives by going too fast near schools,” Ms Smith said.
School zones are back in effect from today, with motorists reminded to slow right down to the 40km/h limit between 7-9am and 2-4pm on weekdays.
“Children can be unpredictable and lack the spatial awareness we have as adults. So, it’s crucial motorists slow down, are alert and ready for anything,” Ms Smith said.
“There’s really no excuse for speeding through school zones and police will be out checking speeds, so don’t risk a fine or worse, a crash,” she added.
|Police region||Number of speeding fines over 2018/19|
|Brisbane (Brisbane, Redlands, Pine Rivers)||14,420|
|Central (Bundaberg, Gympie, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Rockhampton)||6,263|
|Northern (Cairns, Townsville, Mt Isa, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands)||2,363|
|South Eastern (Gold Coast, Logan)||7,263|
|Southern (Darling Downs, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Charleville, Dalby-Burnett, Longreach, Roma)||8,570|