Written by Peter CarterJanuary 16, 2017
It is already that stage of January when we are back into our usual routines of work and as of next Monday, doing the school drop-offs.
School zones speed limits are enforced across Queensland. These zones are implemented in order to reduce traffic speeds near schools, providing a safer environment.
With statistics showing that between 2010-2015 alone, the number of drivers caught exceeding the speed limit within a school zone was over 115,000, members of the community are calling for action.
Some are regarding this as a total disinterest for the safety of children and so are asking for harsher punishment for offenders including additional loss of demerit points.
Easily identifiable, school zone speed limit signs are at both ends of a zone and clearly state the speed limit and times of day these limits are active. While they occasionally vary, they are commonly between 7am – 9am and then from 2pm – 4pm on weekdays.
Speed limits which apply include:
- 40km/h on roads where the existing limit is 50km/h, 60km/h or 70km/h
- 60km/h on roads where the existing limit is 80km/h
- 60km/h or 80km/h on roads where the speed limit is 90km/h or 100km/h, depending on the amount of school related activity on or near the road
- 80km/h on roads where the existing limit is 110km/h.