Failed report card for speedsters in school zones

The State’s peak motoring body has urged drivers to slow down on the first day of the new school term, after research revealed more Queenslanders had this year admitted to speeding through school zones.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said 5.2 percent of respondents to the annual RACQ Driver Behaviour Survey confessed to going too fast in 40 km/h school zones which had risen 1.4 percent from the previous year.

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“It’s disappointing more drivers this year are willing to risk the lives of our most vulnerable to save a couple of seconds – that’s a big fail on their report cards,” Ms Hunter said.

“The consequences for this kind of behaviour are obvious – you could run over a child.”

Ms Hunter said it was concerning the survey also found motorists’ top excuse for speeding through school zones was because they were frustrated with slow drivers.

“Being annoyed at other drivers for slowing you down doesn’t give you a free pass to hoon through a school zone,” she said.

“It can take children years to learn how to move around the roads safely, so motorists have to be alert, travelling at the right speed and prepared for anything.

“Drivers need to exercise patience around school zones – especially around pick up and drop off times when surrounding streets will be busier.”

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

“Speeding will not only earn you a fine and demerit points, but it can have catastrophic consequences.”