Glen Elmes welcomes increased safety at local schools

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said the Newman Government is continuing to ramp up its commitment to improving safety around school zones.

“Good Shepherd Lutheran College and Saint Andrew's Anglican College are on track to receive flashing lights as early as next week to alert motorists they’re approaching a school zone,” Mr Elmes said.

“Flashing lights have been installed already at Sunshine Beach State School.

“Flashing lights are being installed at schools where there is a significant crash history or a high level of car and pedestrian traffic or higher speed limits or visibility problems.

“The Newman Government is committed to the safety of all Queenslanders on our roads especially our littlest ones and flashing school lights will provide an extra safety boost around school zones.

“The lights act as an extra reminder for parents and other motorists and signal them to slow down in and around school areas while young Queenslanders make their way to and from school.

“Motorists need to remember children are unpredictable when crossing streets.

“By slowing down you are diffusing a potentially dangerous situation.

“But we all need to play our part, government, schools, parents, drivers and the children,” Mr Elmes said.

The Newman Government has committed $10 million over four years to install flashing school light at over 300 school zones.

Background

In 2012, there were 24,842 fines issued in school zones – an increase of 44 per cent from 2011. Of the fines issued, between January and December 2012, a concerning 317 were motorists travelling at more than 30km/h above the speed limit, with 43 drivers travelling more than 40km/h above the speed limit.