Drivers warned school zones back despite coronavirus

RACQ has urged Queensland drivers to slow down with school zones in effect from today despite the vast majority of students learning from home.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said although many students were not on school premises, they were still open for children of frontline workers and staff.

“With less traffic on the roads it could be easy to forget a new term has officially started and so too speed restrictions around schools,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We still have children going to school, so it’s crucial motorists are alert, prepared for anything and always abide by the 40 km/h speed limit between 7-9am and 2-4pm on weekdays.”

Ms Ritchie also reminded parents still taking their children to school, to park in safe locations to avoid causing a crash risk.

“Even though the roads are quieter, it’s still critical you take care at pick up and drop off times, and only stop where it is safe to do so,” she said. 

“Children entering or exiting a vehicle should always use the ‘safety door’, which is the door closest to the kerbside. This will ensure children don’t step onto the roadside and into the path of a car.”