A brand new fleet of velocity cameras was activated for the primary time this morning in Queensland faculty districts, and officers warned drivers could be closely focused.
‘Ghost’ cell cameras have been deployed in main faculty districts as tens of hundreds of scholars returned to their state lecture rooms on Monday morning.
Cameras are fastened inside flashing faculty district indicators, and there’s common motion between high-risk districts for the primary semester.
The drastic measures got here after almost 50 p.c of Queensland drivers admitted to rushing in a college district in a current RACQ street security survey.
The state authorities mentioned greater than 50,000 drivers have been given rushing tickets at school districts prior to now 4 years.
Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey mentioned the primary faculty districts the place the cameras could be used have been chosen on a threat foundation to guard “weak” kids who have been unpredictable by drivers.
“The punishments will likely be extreme and painful and you’ll deserve it,” Bailey mentioned.
“I do not wish to see somebody’s youngster get critically injured or die on the best way to highschool merely due to the carelessness of a rushing driver.
“There may also be a number of models throughout the state in regional Queensland. They are going to be relocated usually,” mentioned Mr. Bailey.
RACQ spokesman Joshua Cooney mentioned he was involved in regards to the variety of drivers who admitted the group was violating faculty district restrictions.
“Our current Street Security Survey confirmed that though nearly 90 p.c of Queenslanders drive their kids to highschool, half admit to rushing within the faculty district,” mentioned Mr Cooney.
“Not adequate. College district velocity limits are usually not elective and should be enforced to maintain our youngsters secure.”
Mr Bailey mentioned the brand new cameras will solely function throughout faculty district hours, between 7-9am and 2-4pm on weekdays.
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