Driving instructor believes school zone speed limits ok

ROCKHAMPTON driving instructor Leyland Barnett doesn't believe speed limits in school zones need to be lowered, saying there could be unintended consequences for doing so.

The Morning Bulletin spoke to Mr Barnett after readers suggested Queensland's school zone speed limits should be changed from 40kmh to 25kmh.

Mr Barnett said the stopping distance for cars travelling at 40kmh was about 1m.

"At that... speed you can definitely pull a car up quite quickly if you're paying attention," he said.

Mr Barnett said some drivers wouldn't respect the speed limit if it was lowered to 25kmh.

"I really don't think it's a good option because what happens is you're going to get impatient drivers doing silly things around school zones," he said.

"The last thing you want is someone flying through the school zone because they're impatient."

Mr Barnett said drivers could safely avoid accidents at 40kmh if they drove to the conditions.

But he said at times drivers may have to slow further than 40kmh during busy periods in school zones.

As at 6pm, a poll on this question on The Morning Bulletin's website showed 51% were not in favour of lowering speeds, while 47% wanted them to be changed to 25kmh.

Do you think school zones in Queensland should be reduced to 25km/hr like South Australia?

This poll ended on 27 November 2015.

Current Results







This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Readers also shared their opinions on Facebook.

Pamela Finn - 25km/h work fine in SA they'd work great here especially for all the arrogant drivers whom think they are above the law and continue to speed through school zones even when the lights are flashing.

Adele Minns - We have 40 km limit on school zones on Victoria and we also have crossing supervisors when kids are going to and from school. That works quite well.

Nick Lotarski - I am pretty sure that most kids get taught about crossing the road safely in kindy and preschool. So if those kids are being taught correctly, then there should be no reason to reduce the speed limit in school zones.

Teena Evans - If your that impatient dont drive through school zones.

"There is not enough time (in 40km zones) to stop suddenly if a child was to run in front of you," Kellie Evans posted...

Posted by The Morning Bulletin on Sunday, 22 November 2015

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