RACQ rejects move to slash school zone times

RACQ has criticised a proposal to shorten school zone times across Cairns in a bid to ease congestion.

Cairns Post reported Cairns Regional Council had called to reduce the duration of some school zones in the area to one hour during mornings and afternoons on school days.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said slower speed limits were in place around schools for a reason and called on Council to consider other ways to bust congestion.

““Queenslanders are very aware of the consistent 40km/h zones in place around schools across the State between 7am and 9am, and 2pm and 4pm on school days,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Tightening these timeframes won’t just cause confusion for drivers, they’ll actually have little effect on easing the gridlock, as the main constraint is the lack of lanes – not the school zone itself.

“We know children arrive and leave at different times and can be incredibly unpredictable, and the reduced speed limits increases drivers’ ability to react to avoid an incident.

“Our members in the far north have told us about the roads that slow them down in our latest Red Spot Congestion Survey, and we urge all levels of government to work together to come up with solutions to fix them.”