SLOW DOWN: Motorists are reminded to slow down when they approach a school, like when their approach this crossing at Kumbia State School.
SLOW DOWN: Motorists are reminded to slow down when they approach a school, like when their approach this crossing at Kumbia State School. Will Hunter

Motorists urged to slow down this school term

MOTORISTS should remember the 2019 school year has begun and they should take extra care while driving in school zones.

This is according to the Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating, of the Road Policing Command.

"We are urging motorists to slow down and abide by the reduced speed limits while approaching and driving through marked school zones,” he said.

All school zones in Queensland were operational from this week, meaning reduced speed limits would be enforced.

"Be aware of the changing speed limits, the standard operating times for most school zones in Queensland is between 7am and 9am, and between 2pm and 4pm,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

"Across the state, Queensland motorists can expect to see police enforcing important road rules such as speeding, stopping at children's crossings and wearing seatbelts.”

Police officers will also focus on monitoring the road activity between pick up and drop off times.

Last year police officers issued 15,647 speeding infringements in Queensland school zones from the beginning of 2018 to September 30.

"Please be patient, slow down and be on the lookout for children travelling to and from school, whether on foot, riding on a bike, in a car or using public transport,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Keating also urged parents and carers to have conversations with their children about basic road safety and the safe and correct way to cross a road.

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