Raid on speedsters
POLICE will clamp down on speedsters around Rockhampton schools today.
Police minister Judy Spence said extra police would patrol school areas during Operation Back to School this week.
The move comes as new figures show disturbing numbers of Central Queensland motorists are ignoring lower speed limits around schools.
Research by insurer company AAMI found 9% of CQ motorists regularly ignored limits.
"It's a disgrace that a certain element of CQ motorists are prepared to endanger the lives of children on their way to and from school,'' AAMI corporate affairs manager Mike Sopinski said.
"Children can be unpredictable around school areas and the potential for accidents is increased at this time of the year with many primary school children heading to school for the first time and learning about road safety.''
Meanwhile, Ms Spence said she did not want to see a repeat of the poor driver behaviour during last year's Back to School operation.
"Last year 1056 motorists were caught speeding in designated school zones, and there were 245 instances of people failing to wear their seatbelts or failing to have children properly restrained in their vehicles,'' Ms Spence said.
Parents have been reminded to ensure their children know the basics about road safety, never ride a bike without a helmet, use pedestrian crossings and always stop and look before crossing the road.