A hugely successful road safety programme is on track to deliver safer school journeys for students at 1000 Queensland schools by 2020.
The Palaszczuk Government’s Flashing School Zone Signs program has identified 100 new schools that will receive flashing speed limit signals in 2018/19.
Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said he was excited to her that Bracken Ridge State School is set to directly benefit from the latest round of safety funding.
“This is terrific news for the school community, which will make trips to and from the school gate safer for not just the students, but for the parents and teachers too,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“After having campaigned on the need to improve road safety around our local schools, I am pleased to announce that over the next 12 months this funding will deliver flashing school zone signs at Tomah Road.
“This funding will provide peace of mind to local students, their families and to the school community more broadly by encouraging motorists to slow down and be alert in school zones.”
Bracken Ridge State School Principal, Melissa Burke, welcomed the funding.
“Nothing is more important to our school than the safety of our students and staff, and we want to do all we can to help them get to and from school safely”, Ms Burke said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced the funding as safety works wrapped up at 100 locations selected for installations over the past 12 months.
“When the final flashing school zone sign is installed by June 2019, our government will have funded safety upgrades at 940 schools,” Mr Bailey said.
“We are well on track to reach 1000 in 2020, which means safer access for thousands of Queensland students.
“Our flashing school zone signs have become easily identifiable across the state, reminding motorists that kids are around.
“Now we need every Queenslander to take the next step by following the road rules.”
Schools are selected for flashing school zone signs based on an assessment of crash history, vehicle and pedestrian traffic, speed limits and visibility problems.
The Department of Transport and Main Road consults with schools and local governments on the design and installation plans for school zones.
The 2018/19 Flashing School Zone program is supported by funding from the Camera Detected Offence Program.
For more information on flashing school zone signs visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/School-road-safety