Cop hits back after school zone flack
IPSWICH'S top traffic cop has hit back at criticism over police enforcement around school zones.
QT editor Peter Chapman was critical of police and what he deemed as over zealous enforcement in school zones, after several readers complained of being fined while travelling over the speed limit marginally within the 40kmh zone cut-off time.
Acting officer in charge of the Ipswich road policing unit, Senior Sergeant Dave Silcock, said it was time motorists took responsibility for their actions and also paid due consideration to other road users.
In a letter to the QT, Snr Sgt Silcock said school zones were heavily patrolled for the safety of all.
"This includes all road users, from our kids to those who are travelling through the zone to get to another area," he said.
"Regular offences that are identified include, and are not limited to, illegally parked vehicles, speeding, seatbelt offences, mobile phone offences and disobeying school crossing supervisors.
"It is a daily occurrence where vehicles are identified within the Ipswich Police Division travelling at speeds in excess of 20kmh over the limit in 40kmh speed zones.
"It is a daily occurrence where police identify parents parking illegally in no standing zones, disabled zones and bus zones to drop off and pick up children.
"It is these types of driving behaviours that contribute to traffic congestion, frustration amongst road users and ultimately endanger themselves and others by making poor driving choices."
Most school zones within the Ipswich district are enforced from 7-9am and 2-4pm, however there are two zones which operate through the day, from 7am-4pm.
Elizabeth Street, Ipswich, outside St Mary's College; and Stewart Street, Goodna, outside Westside Christian College are the two all-day zones to look out for.
"It is important for all road users whenever driving to be vigilant and concentrate at the task at hand," Sgt Silcock said.
"Ipswich Road Policing unit daily perform patrols within school zones within the Ipswich Division. Staff within the Road Policing Unit are also happy to work with schools and P&C associations in relation to issues relating to congestion around schools, identified problems and providing information to parents and guardians dropping off and picking children up from schools.
"I encourage all road users to comply with our road rules, drive wisely and make good choices on our roads. When everyone complies with the road rules and drive appropriately to environmental conditions traffic flows more freely and it is safer for everyone."