New flashing school zone lights are due to be installed at Woodford State School next week as part of the Newman Government’s election commitment.
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the Government had listened to the community’s concerns and been proactive in their response.
“The petition for flashing lights outside Woodford State School has received a lot of community support, but it was not scheduled to close until 10 February 2014,” Mr Powell said.
“The government has recognised the need for the flashing lights and decided to act now rather than wait until the petition closes.
“We believe these signs are going to go a long way in reminding drivers they are approaching school zones and need to slow down immediately.
“Children are by nature unpredictable, and may not be concentrating when they approach the streets or roads next to school.
“Speeding through school zones greatly increases the risk to all pedestrians, as the faster a vehicle is travelling, the longer it takes to stop and the greater the severity of impact.”
The Newman Government has committed $10 million over four years to install flashing light signs at over 300 school zones.
During 1 January to 30 September 2013, there were 22,365 speeding infringements issued in school zones. This is 24 per cent greater than the same period for 2012. Of the 22,365 speeding infringements, 251 were issued to drivers travelling between 31 and 40 km/h above the speed limit and 21 were issued to drivers travelling more than 40 km/h above the speed limit.
Mr Powell said he is continuing to campaign for flashing lights outside schools in Maleny, Wamuran and Elimbah.
The petitions close 10 February 2014 and can be signed online at http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions.
-ENDS 31 January 2014