$12 million boost to increase school zone saftey

MORE flashing lights are on the way to help put the brakes on school zone speedsters in Toowoomba.

Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years, with the first 100 on the rollout list including several schools in the Toowoomba region.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said $12 million had been allocated in 2015-16 State Budget to boost safety for school students.

The new safety measures will also include an extra 75 school crossing supervisors in the next three financial years.

Mr Bailey said the flashing signs had been a huge success since the Labor Government introduced them in 2011.

"Since then, flashing lights have been installed at more than 500 school zones across Queensland," he said.

Several factors are taken into account when choosing sites for flashing lights, such as the area's crash history and traffic volumes.

Gabbinbar State School P&C president Aaron Sapiecha said the school community would benefit from flashing lights, given the unpredictable nature of young students.

"I'm all for anything that is going to make people more aware of the school zone to help keep children safe," Mr Sapiecha said.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie encouraged the rollout of flashing lights at Queensland schools.

Ms Ritchie said flashing lights, along with coloured road markings, were an effective way to alert drivers to the change in the speed limit.

"We think that anything that can visibly highlight the need to slow down around school zones is a good thing," Ms Ritchie said.

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Gabbinbar State School

Sacred Heart Primary School

St Thomas More's Primary School

Centenary Heights State High School

Bunker's Hill State School

St Francis de Sales School


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