Sheila Ireland said education sessions and awareness campaigns were mostly ineffective.
Sheila Ireland said education sessions and awareness campaigns were mostly ineffective. Inga Williams

Drivers 'risk kids' safety' as camera detects 208 offences

STUDENTS' safety is at risk with impatient parents ignoring warnings and road signs during the school pick-up, Councillor Sheila Ireland declared.

Her tough comments come after the Ipswich City Council revealed 208 offences were detected within four weeks in one school zone.

A fixed camera outside Brassall State School caught parents doing illegal U-turns, stopping in bus stops and on yellow lines.

"Safety is the issue," Cr Ireland said.

"Their own children go to these schools and you'd think they'd be more courteous."

Cr Ireland said education sessions and awareness campaigns were mostly ineffective, leaving the council with no choice.

"The only way now is to hit their pocket and see how that goes," she said.

"We've done a lot of work with all of the schools.

"For them to still be doing the wrong thing, that's surprising."

The council's Safe School program was relaunched in November, offering schools the services of council officers and cameras to detect poor driving behaviour.

The Ipswich City Council is working with five other schools that have requested cameras.

Two more schools are likely to have cameras from the start of term 2.

She encouraged motorists to slow down and be patient around school zones.

"Parents can't be in that much of a hurry, that's how accidents happen," she said.

"By 10 past three, there's not a soul left."

Cr Ireland said teachers would stay with students if their lifts arrived slightly after 3pm.

"Parents could just not all turn up at 3pm," she said.

"Parents don't have to absolutely panic there's nobody going to be left at the school.

"We don't want an accident to happen."

Cr Ireland said she understood the requirement for prep students to be signed out could cause congestion problems.



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