If flashing lights don’t cut speed, fines go up

THE State Government may increase driver penalties if new flashing school zone signs do not work to reduce the number of people speeding through school zones.

The flashing signs operate only while school zones are in effect and have been installed on roadways outside three Maryborough schools.

A petition has also been handed to the State Government to have the flashing signs installed outside St Helen's State School on the busy Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the signs meant there was no longer an excuse for drivers who complained they found it difficult to identify a school zone.

"If the warning lights don't curb speeding, then it will be time to increase penalties," he said.

"More than 50,000 motorists were caught speeding in a school zone between January 2011 and April 2013."

A review of speeding offences around schools with the new flashing signs would be done before a decision was made on the penalties, Mr Emerson said.

He said he had also called for feedback from schools about the placement of supervised school crossings.



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