10 February 2020

Police to target school-zone speeding in February

| Dominic Giannini
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ACT Policing

ACT Policing is warning motorists to stop speeding in school zones. Photo: Supplied.

Now that school is back, ACT Policing is targeting drivers who ignore the 40 km/h speed limits between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm in school zones.

More than 500 people were caught speeding in school zones last year.

The reduced speed limits are in place to help protect vulnerable road users and keep our children safe, Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said

“Exceeding the speed limit in school zones puts young people at risk. It’s simple: slow down and stick to the speed limit to ensure their safety,” he said.

“Choosing to speed in school zones could have life-altering consequences.”

Police patrols, mobile speed camera vans and fixed-speed detection systems will be used to detect speeding motorists as ACT Policing continues to work towards their Vision Zero approach for road safety.

In 2019, police issued 534 traffic infringement notices to people speeding in school zones, with 241 of these being issued for speeds between 15-29 km/h over the limit.

If caught speeding in a school zone, motorists could face fines of up to $2136 and six demerit points.

Speeding is one of the five main contributors to fatal accidents (in addition to alcohol or drug-impaired driving, not wearing a seatbelt, intersections and driver distraction) and contributes to a large portion of all collisions on ACT roads, ACT Policing said.

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