No excuse for dangerous school zone parking: RACQ

The Courier Mail has reported more than 300 drivers were fined around schools for parking illegally and dangerously last term during a Brisbane City Council operation.

Corinda State High had the highest fine numbers with 111, followed by South Brisbane’s Somerville House with 74.

RACQ’s Principal Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker said school zones required motorists to be on their best behaviour.

“Safety has to be the number one priority in school zones and we urge all drivers to make sure they follow the road rules and only park legally when dropping off or picking children up,” Mr Tucker said.

“School zones are busy areas and vehicles are enough of a danger to kids as it is, without adding to it by parking illegally.”

Talking to The Courier Mail, the safety risks with illegal parking were described as “prolific” and “inexcusable” by Council Transport Chairman Adrian Schrinner.

“Across the term, 119 proactive patrols were undertaken at the 17 schools that were part of council’s term one safer schools campaign,” Mr Schrinner said.

“Unfortunately, 322 drivers were found to be dangerously and illegally parking at schools during the term.

“These numbers indicated that parents are regrettably putting their own convenience first, rather than the safety of students, during school pick-up and drop-off times.”