Appalling number of drivers speeding in school zones
RACQ has put drivers on notice as school returns, revealing almost 40,000 fines had been handed out for speeding through school zones over a two-year period.
Department of Transport and Main Roads data provided to RACQ revealed 6263 motorists in the central police region were caught driving too fast in a school zone during 2018 and 2019.
Central region includes Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast.
RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said of those slapped with a fine, more than 23,000 were for exceeding the limit by 13kmh or more.
"Reduced speed limits are put in place at schools for the safety of children and adults alike," Ms Smith said.
"Roads around schools are always high-risk and busy areas, with students walking and riding or being dropped off and picked up by their parents.
"So, it's incredibly disappointing to see such a high number of drivers risking lives by going too fast near schools."
School zones come back in effect from today.
Drivers are warned to keep to 40kmh on weekdays between 7-9am and 2-4pm, or as signed.
"Children can be unpredictable and lack the spatial awareness we have as adults. So, it's crucial motorists slow down, are alert and ready for anything," Ms Smith said.
"There's really no excuse for speeding through school zones and police will be out checking speeds, so don't risk a fine or worse, a crash."
Number of speeding fines in each police region:
Brisbane (Brisbane, Redlands, Pine Rivers) 14,420
Central (Bundaberg, Gympie, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Rockhampton) 6,263 Northern (Cairns, Townsville, Mt Isa, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands) 2,363
South Eastern (Gold Coast, Logan) 7,263
Southern (Darling Downs, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Charleville, Dalby-Burnett, Longreach, Roma