Top of the class for flashing school signs: RACQ

RACQ has welcomed the State Government’s pledge to install flashing safety signs at 102 Queensland schools over the next 12 months.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey made the announcement which listed the schools set to receive new signage, bringing the total number of flashing safety signs in Queensland to 940 by the end of 2019.

“We are well on track to reach 1,000 in 2020, which means safer access for thousands of Queensland students,” Mr Bailey said.

“Our flashing school zone signs have become easily identifiable across the state, reminding motorists that kids are around.”

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the program would help remind drivers about reduced speeds through these high-risk areas.

‘We know that children don’t have the same road sense as adults, so we must take extra care in school zones,” Mr Spalding said.

“Flashing signs clearly highlight 40km/h speeds apply between 7-9am and 2-4pm, unless otherwise signed.”

Education Minister Grace Grace welcomed the expanded road safety measures.

“Schools are selected to be part of the Flashing School Zone Signs program on a priority basis so that high-risk traffic areas are addressed first,” Ms Grace said.

“A rigorous assessment process is applied to look at road crash history, vehicle and pedestrian traffic, speed limits and visibility problems around our schools.”

The Flashing School Zone program was supported by fines from the Camera Detected Offence Program.