Queensland government unrolls more flashing schools lights

The Queensland government has rolled out flashing school lights at another 15 Queensland schools, as part of an ongoing initiative designed to reduce the amount of accidents occurring in school zones.

According to transport and main roads minister Scott Emerson, the next round of the roll out will see 33 schools in South East Queensland, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Gympie and Toowoomba receive flashing lights in the coming months.

Mr Emerson says that the government plans to provide flashing school lights to 300 schools throughout Queensland over the next four years, as part of the $10 million school safety program.

"In October last year I announced there would be flashing lights for 15 schools before the 2013 school year commenced and we have delivered on this promise," said Mr Emerson in a statement released February 11.

"The signs are designed to remind parents and other drivers to slow down through school zones and drive to conditions or risk getting a hefty fine."

If you are a fleet manager with vehicles operating in Queensland or any other Australian state, it may pay to take note of this news and use the opportunity to remind drivers about the legal requirements surrounding driving in school zones.

More than 17,000 motorists received fines for speeding in school zones in 2012, which is a jump of 40 per cent since 2010, according to the Queensland government.

This highlights the fact that speeding near schools is not merely dangerous and irresponsible, it can also be extremely costly.

Fleet services can help ensure that your organisation pays infringement notices such as speeding fines in a fast and efficient manner, ensuring that vehicles are not unnecessarily being kept off the roads.

In this manner, it is also possible to keep track of any incoming infringements in order to determine if there are particular drivers who may need a reminder about safe driving in school zones.