Acting Superintendent of Traffic Operations Rod Anderson said the restrictions are in place between 8am and 4pm and warns that motorists who choose to ignore them will face tough penalties.
“It’s important to remember that children – our most vulnerable road users – can be unpredictable around traffic and are not always aware of road safety. The 40km/h speed limit is necessary in school zones because it gives motorists extra time to stop in an unexpected situation,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.
“Thankfully, there were no incidents where children were harmed in school zones last term. We want to keep it that way, so we’re asking the community to stay vigilant and keep school zones safe.”
ACT Policing has visited every school zone on at least one occasion each term and they have promised to do the same in term three.
“Speed limits in school zones are there to ensure the safety of our children and we will continue to proactively target these vulnerable areas to make sure the message is getting through,” Sergeant Anderson said.
Last school term (29 April to 5 July 2013), 176 drivers received Traffic Infringement Notices and 90 drivers received cautions for speeding in ACT school zones.
During term one a driver who was caught speeding on College Street Bruce, adjacent Radford College. Police detected the driver travelling at 92km/h in a sign posted 40km/h school zone. He was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for $1811 and the loss of six demerit points.
ACT Policing will continue to focus on speeding during the month of July as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.