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40kmh zones outside 80 kindies

Ross Dionysius with his son Rhys outside the Winston Glades Early Education Centre. Ipswich City Council is looking to introduce 40km/ph speed limits outside childcare centres in the region. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Ross Dionysius with his son Rhys outside the Winston Glades Early Education Centre. Ipswich City Council is looking to introduce 40km/ph speed limits outside childcare centres in the region. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

IPSWICH drivers will have to stay under a 40kmh limit outside all child care centres and kindergartens if the council gets its wish.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the council planned to write to the State Government about the proposed zones and expected a good hearing from the new Premier Campbell Newman.

Ipswich has more than 80 child care centres.

Under State Government safety measures announced in February, Ipswich drivers face having to stay under the 40kmh speed limit all day outside some schools.

For split-campus schools, where children have to cross a road to access facilities, the school zone will be in place from 7am to 4pm.

But the Mayor said it made sense to force drivers to slow down outside the centres the same way they had to brake around schools.

"The State Government puts 40kmh zones outside schools; we're neglecting kindergartens and daycare centres," Cr Pisasale said.

"I'm sure when Campbell hears about this he'll be supporting it 100%. Let's start realising that a car is a lethal weapon and all of us can improve our driving and be safer around schools."

The council proposal has been backed by the RACQ and child care centres in Ipswich.

Spokeswoman Lynda Schekoske said the RACQ "certainly supports putting 40kmh zones around kindergartens and day care centres".

"We're talking about protecting the youngest members of our community. Their lives are much more important than any inconvenience that might be felt by motorists," Ms Schekoske said.

Raceview Community Early Childcare Centre assistant manager Tammy Harm said the centre was off the road but some parents walked their children to school and a 40kmh limit would make them feel safer.

Goodstart Early Learning Centre at Yamanto is included in the 40kmh zone outside nearby Amberley District State School and centre manager Ellen Nolan said children, parents and staff felt safer with the lower limit.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the department was "working hard to improve road safety for kids".

The spokeswoman said the department expected standardised school zones to be implemented in south-east Queensland by April 16.

"The installation of any flashing light all day school signs at split-campus schools is due to be completed by December 14," she said.

"The department sets speed limits on our roads in accordance with guidelines. Councils set speed limits on their roads."

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