Police to patrol school zones as pupils return from holidays

POLICE are reminding drivers to pay attention when driving near schools as students return from holidays and officers launch a traffic blitz.

Maryborough police patrol group Inspector Paul Biggin said phase three of Easter Road Safety Campaign would start on Tuesday, April 22, across the region and run until Monday, April 28.

He said during this phase of the traffic operation, officers would be targeting:

  • School zones, including speeding offences in 40kmh zones, including changes in times for some school zones
  • Parking and no standing zone offences in relation to the drop off and pickup of children at schools
  • School crossings
  • Any other offences detected around schools, including drink driving, defective vehicles, seat belts and general traffic enforcement activities.

Insp Biggin reminded parents to park in designated areas to ensure children were not put at risk by walking out onto roadways between parked cars.

"Young children are especially vulnerable when it comes to traffic because it is impossible for them to accurately judge the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles," he said.

Insp Biggin said following the directions of school crossing supervisors and allowing a little extra time because of the increase in traffic around schools would go a long way towards ensuring the safety of children on their return to school.

He also reminded parents that children should wear an approved safety helmet when riding a bike, always use pedestrian crossings and stop to look before crossing the road.

For more information, visit www.police.qld.gov.au.

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