More flashing lights to slow speedsters in school zones

MORE flashing lights are on the way to put the brakes on school zone speedsters in Rockhampton and surrounding areas.

Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years, with the first 100 on the list including four schools in the region.

Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne said the schools were in busy areas and flashing lights would make reduced speed limits even clearer to motorists.

Mr Byrne said flashing lights were an important investment and it was great to see the local community get behind the program.

"I'm looking forward to seeing more of these signs installed across Rockhampton in the future," he said.

Several factors are taken into account when assessing sites for flashing lights, such as the area's crash history and traffic volumes.

St Paul's Catholic Primary School principal Patricia Adair said the flashing lights would boost safety for students using Breakspear St, while improving access to the Gracemere school.

"The big issue is motorists being aware of where the speed zones are in effect and when," Ms Adair said.

"This will be a great help."

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said $12 million had been allocated in the 2015-16 State Budget to boost safety for school students. The new safety measures will also include an extra 75 school crossing supervisors in the next three financial years.

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  • Rockhampton Grammar School
  • Mount Morgan State High School
  • St Paul's Catholic Primary School
  • Emmaus College (Main St campus)


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