Slow down, school’s back: RACQ

22 January 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has urged drivers to slow down on the first day of the new school year, after an alarming number of drivers admitted to speeding through school zones because they were running late.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the Club’s research found 78.6 percent of drivers admitted they pushed the limits in school zones because they were in a rush to get to their destination, a 10 percent increase on 2016 figures.

“This is very concerning so many people were willing to risk the lives of our most vulnerable, simply because they were behind schedule,” Ms Ritchie said.

“There is no valid excuse for speeding through a school zone.”

RACQ’s survey found keeping up with the speed of other traffic, inattention, and not agreeing with the posted speed limit were the other most frequent excuses drivers used for putting their foot down in a school zone.

Ms Ritchie reminded drivers to keep to 40km/h in school zones on weekdays from 7-9am and 2-4pm, unless otherwise signed.

“It can take a child years to learn about spatial awareness and interacting safely with traffic, so it really is up to drivers to be alert and prepared for anything,” she said.

“Even if you take your eyes off the road for just two seconds, a car moving at 40km/h travels more than 22 metres.

“Speeding can have catastrophic consequences – drivers need to be extra vigilant, especially during pick up and drop off times.

“The lower 40km/h school zone speed limit is there to protect all road users.”