Gympie makes first roll-out for safer school zones

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

Flashing lights will be installed at 300 Queensland school zones over the next three years, with the first 100 including Tin Can Bay State School and Jones Hill State School.

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

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

Jones Hill State School principal James Watt said the school had lobbied for better safety on the main road outside the school and was pleased with the response from government.

Mr Watt said the school's new road crossing supervisor had already made a difference and he expected flashing lights to further boost safety for students.

He said the main issue was afternoon pick-up time on busy McIntosh Creek Rd.

"There's a 15-minute period where it's quite chaotic," Mr Watt said.

"By having flashing lights at either end it will keep it in the drivers' minds who aren't school-related that they are entering that zone and to be aware."

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

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.

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

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.

- APN NEWSDESK


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