Flashing school lights increase

CENTRAL Queensland children will have safer journeys to and from class each day with the installation of flashing school zone signs.

Member for Keppel Bruce Young said that 13 schools across Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast have had flashing lights delivered in the past two years, with an additional six more schools to receive lights by June next year.

Mr Young said the signs reminded drivers to slow down in and around school areas while young Queenslanders made their way to and from school.

"The safety of children walking to and from school is paramount and the continued roll out of flashing school zone signs across the state is proof of our commitment to child safety," Mr Young said.

"In CQ, the next schools set to benefit from our strong plan for school safety are Lakes Creek State, Rockhampton State High, Waraburra, Berserker Street State School, Park Avenue and St Joseph's School.

"Motorists need to slow down and drive to conditions at all times to avoid tragedy in and around schools."

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said schools were selected based on a detailed risk analysis of all existing school zones in Queensland and following nominations by schools, communities and local members of Parliament.

"Priority has been given to school zones with a significant crash history, a high level of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, higher speed limits and visibility problems," he said.

Mr Young and the local community has done an outstanding job in advocating for flashing lights at these schools.

"The government will continue to roll out flashing lights across school zones to keep our littlest Queenslanders safe," Mr Young said.

Schools that have already benefited from traffic light installations include North Rockhampton High, Cawarral, Taranganba, Allenstown, Emu Park, Mount Archer, Heights College, Glenmore, Glenmore High and Capricornia Distance Education.

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