Brisbane schools to get safety boost

RACQ has welcomed an announcement from Brisbane City Council (BCC) to install flashing warning signs at numerous schools across the region.

A BCC statement revealed $772,000 would be spent on improving safety at seven schools by installing flashing school zone signage and red ‘school zone’ pavement markings. 

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the Club supported infrastructure which made school zones safer for children.

“These improvements provide a visual reminder to drivers that they’re entering a school zone, need to slow down and be extra aware of children near or on the road,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Children don’t have the spatial awareness we have as adults, so it’s critical anyone driving near a school is alert and prepared for the unexpected.”

Ahead of the 2020 school year, Ms Ritchie also warned parents to take extra care during drop off and pick up periods.

“Make sure you always park safely, on the same side of the road as the school if possible, and let children out through the door closest to the kerb,” she said.

“Never double park, and if you have to park on the opposite side of the road, get out and collect your children. Don’t call to them from across the road.

“The start of a new school year is an exciting time for children and parents, but we all need to make sure we take every precaution to prevent a tragedy.”

Schools to receive upgraded school zone signage:
- Australian International Islamic College, Blunder Road, Durack 
- Brisbane Central State School, St Pauls Terrace, Spring Hill 
- Clayfield College, Sandgate Road, Clayfield 
- Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Mains Road, Sunnybank 
- St Ambrose's Primary School, Enoggera Road, Newmarket 
- St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill 
- Wooloowin State School, Lutwyche Road, Wooloowin.