An Ipswich Traffic Branch officer conducting speed checks in local school zones.
An Ipswich Traffic Branch officer conducting speed checks in local school zones. David Nielsen

Drivers hit 80kmh outside schools

IPSWICH’S top traffic cop says police are still catching drivers at speeds of more than 80kmh in 40kmh school zones – particularly near schools on the fringes of town.

Traffic branch officer in charge Senior Sergeant Troy Hamilton said police would continue to conduct regular patrols and set up radar in school zones to ensure the safety of the region’s students, as they approach the end of another busy first term.

“So far this year we’ve seen several drivers going well over the speed limit,” he said.

“Generally we see a prevalence of it at the start of the year – when people have been away for six to eight weeks – and they either don’t heed the 40kmh signs or they just don’t care.

“It’s not uncommon to get vehicles in the high end – 40kmh or more over the limit.”

Drivers caught doing 40kmh or more over the speed limit in Queensland will cop an immediate six-month high-speed licence suspension.

Actual figures on the number of people caught speeding in Ipswich school zones are not kept outside the designated police traffic blitz periods, which include the first week back after the Christmas-New Year holidays.

The blitz may have finished but the patrols will go on. So far this year, The Queensland Times has regularly seen police conducting speed, alcohol and general traffic checks outside Ipswich Central, Brassall, Bundamaba and Leichhardt state schools.

Mobile phone offences are also common in school zones, but one of the biggest hassles for police on school patrols is the insistence by some parents to double park.

Snr Sgt Hamilton said police often dealt with motorists who stopped directly beside vehicles which were legally parked at the side of the road.

He warned it was not only a hazard for other motorists but a dangerous game to play with kids’ lives.

“When you’ve got kids running between parked vehicles on the roadway there is the potential for dire consequences,” he said.

“We would just appeal to everybody to think about the safety of their kids.”



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