ACT Policing is advising motorists that 40km/h speed limits will be enforced in school zones for the start of the new school term on Monday (April 29).
Traffic Operations Station Sergeant 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.
“ACT Policing targets every single school zone during each term. Motorists speeding in school zones risk receiving fines and losing demerit points,” Sergeant Anderson said.
School zone speed limits in place from Monday April 29.
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ACT Policing liaises with local schools regarding ongoing traffic issues in their area to ensure problem-areas are targeted.
Last school term (1 February to 12 April 2013), 350 drivers received Traffic Infringement Notices and 169 drivers received cautions for speeding in ACT school zones.
“The highest recorded speed was a 21-year-old female who was caught speeding on College Street Bruce, adjacent Radford College. Police detected the driver travelling at 82km/h in a sign posted 40km/h school zone. She received a Traffic Infringement Notice for $664 and the loss of four demerit points,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“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.”
“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.”
[Courtesy ACT Policing]