Lunches are packed, water bottles are filled up and shoes are shined. This can only mean one thing; kids are heading back to school after the summer holiday break and it’s time for all motorist to remember that 40km/h school zones are now enforceable.
Today (January 22) marks the return of school for most Queensland kids, the rest tomorrow, and it can be easy for motorists to forget that school zones are also back in place. School zones are crucial in keeping not only students safe, but parents, teachers, and carers too.
Police and school communities are asking motorists to become familiar with the 40km/h school zones again and remember there are some new zones in place around Logan.
School zone times may vary from school to school, however restricted speed times will be between 7am – 9am in the morning and 2pm-4pm in the afternoon.
During these times, motorists must slow down to the designated speed (usually 40km/h) and be extremely mindful of any young children who may be looking to cross the road.
Parents and carers are also asked to help reduce chaos in school zones by adhering to parking signs and no stopping zones and by ensuring that they comply with requirements in stop drop and go zones.
- Stop, drop, and go zones allow a maximum time of two minutes and you MUST remain with your vehicle. If your child doesn’t present within those two minutes, you must move on.
- If the stop, drop and go zone is full you cannot block traffic with your indicator on waiting to enter the zone. If it is full, do another lap.
- Consider using the zone slightly later, especially if you have older children. The high volume of traffic starts to clear around 10 minutes after the school bell has rung.
- Remind your children to look for you and be quick getting to the car.
- Ensure that you observe and adhere to speed limits and parking signs in your school zone.
Local police will be performing high visibility patrols in school zones paying close attention to speed, parking, stop drop and go zones and pedestrian crossings to ensure all the little people stay safe around the roads.