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Powell Media Release – Speeding in School Zones (8 October 2012)

Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP are urging Glass House drivers to take care in schools zones when students return to their studies this week.

 Mr Dempsey warned police would not hesitate to use the full force of the law for those caught speeding in school zones in the Glass House region.

 “Children will be excited and unpredictable around school zones so drivers not only have to slow down, but they should also keep a good eye out for the unexpected,” Mr Dempsey said.

 “There are no excuses for placing little lives in danger and that’s exactly what speeding in school zones does.

 “Slowing down to the school zone speed limit of 40km/hr dramatically reduces the stopping distance of an average car and could save lives.

 “The Queensland Police Service (QPS) does not tolerate speeding at any time and will be ready to catch those who disobey the school zone speed limit.

 “The best way to avoid a speeding fine is to not speed at all.”

 Mr Dempsey said the number of speeding infringements in Queensland school zones had increased significantly in recent years, with 12,335 speeding fines handed out in school zones in 2009 and 17,254 fines in 2011.

 Mr Powell said he wanted all students in the Glass House region to be able to travel safely to and from school.

 “Backing off the accelerator just a fraction has the potential to save lives,” Mr Powell said.

 “Slowing down for a school zone adds only seconds to a trip but it helps make Glass House a better and safer place for everyone.”

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