Slow down at school zones

POLICE are warning motorists to slow down near school zones this week as the first term for Queensland schools starts today.

Central region traffic co-ordinator Acting Inspector Steve Hall said police presence would be increased around Rockhampton schools to ensure parents and other motorists were behaving appropriately.

"By nature children are very spontaneous and people need to be aware of this when in school zones and watch out for children crossing roads," Insp Steve Hall said.

"As of today, police will be patrolling school areas and enforcing these rules."

The speed limit in a school zone during morning and afternoon school hours is 40kmh.

Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan is urging parents to take an active role in reminding children about road safety.

"With the large number of accidents on our roads recently, it is important to be alert and drive to the conditions," Mr Hoolihan said.

"As a community we need to do everything we can to help protect our children and the best way to begin is by teaching your own children about road safety.

"Parents should accompany children when walking or riding to school until they are old enough to understand about road-safe behaviours."



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