By Brooke Calcagno 11 July 2016
With school holidays at and end and all Queensland schools returning this week, its timely to remember why we have school zones and how to be mindful when approaching them.
Across Australia, school zones are installed to reduce traffic speeds near schools during the times indicated in the school zone sign. School zones are identified by signs which are displayed on both approaches to the school and show the speed limit and the times during which they apply.
School zones are generally permitted on roads adjacent to schools where there is significant school related activity on and beside the road.
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.
Remember that especially younger Primary School children are not as aware of the traffic as we should be of them. It is the driver’s responsibility to take all safety precautions in and around school zones.
More information on school zone speed limits is available via Queensland Transport’s informative website: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/School-road-safety/Safe-school-travel-safest/School-environment-safety