By Jeremy Rochow
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
School zone speeding offences have surged by more than 40% in the past 4 financial years, RAA data shows.
From 2018-19, 320 motorists were caught speeding through school zones with one driver surpassing the 25km/h speed limit by a whopping 38 km/h.
Compared to last year, school zone speeding offences have increased by 30%.
RAA Senior Safety and Infrastructure Manager Charles Mountain warned motorists that speeding through school zones puts children and other road users at risk.
“Pedestrians – especially young children – are among the most vulnerable road users,” Mr Mountain said.
We urge all motorists to exercise vigilance and caution around schools.
As well as sticking to the 25km/h school zone limit when children are present, Mr Mountain reminded motorists to watch out for pedestrians at all times.
“Remember, parked vehicles can also make it harder for drivers to spot younger children trying to cross the road,” Mr Mountain said.
“Although the school run can be a rush and filled with distractions, remember to watch out for pedestrians when turning left and right at intersections and give way to them.”
Exceed the speed limit by more than 30km/h and you’ll be fined:
Motorists speeding through school zones now face tougher penalties. For example, the fine for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h increased from $920 to $1472 on 1 July.
Emu and koala crossings
There are 2 crossings designed specifically for children.
Emu crossings have red and white posts and operate only when flags are displayed. Sometimes schools may provide monitors to supervise.
As emu crossings are in school zones, drivers must travel no more than 25 km/h at any time when children are present on the road or footpath.
Drivers cannot park within 20m of the approach to an emu crossing and within 10m of passing one.
Koala crossings have white road markings and flashing yellow lights on red and white posts.
They’re part-time crossings and usually operate during morning and afternoon school drop-off periods.
If the crossing’s yellow lights are flashing, it’s operational, and a speed limit of 25km/h applies. Drivers must stop for anyone using or about to use the crossing.