Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years.
Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years. Darryn Smith

$12 million to boost safety in school zones

MORE flashing lights are on the way to help put the brakes on school zone speedsters on the Fraser Coast.

Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years, with the first 100 including schools in Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said $12 million had been allocated in 2015-16 State Budget to boost safety for school students.

Mr Bailey said the flashing signs had been a huge success since the Labor Government introduced them in 2011.

"Since then, flashing lights have been installed at more than 500 school zones across Queensland," he said.

Several factors are taken into account when choosing sites for flashing lights, such as the area's crash history and traffic volumes.

The new safety measures will also include an extra 75 school crossing supervisors in the next three financial years.

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders said it was a fantastic outcome for the region, noting schools that already had flashing lights were seeing the safety benefits.

"Parents and teachers have noticed a significant slowing down of the traffic," Mr Saunders said.

"It's of great benefit to my community."

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie encouraged the rollout of flashing lights at Queensland schools.

Ms Ritchie said flashing lights, along with coloured road markings, were an effective way to alert drivers to the change in the speed limit.

"We think that anything that can visibly highlight the need to slow down around school zones is a good thing," Ms Ritchie said. 

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