FILE PHOTO: Drivers speed through Coast school zones.
FILE PHOTO: Drivers speed through Coast school zones. Brett Wortman

'Alarming' excuses drivers use to speed in school zones

AN ALARMING number of Queensland drivers have admitted to speeding in school zones because they were running late.

Statistics released by RACQ revealed 78.6 per cent of drivers hit the accelerator in 40kmh zones.

That is a 10 per cent increase from 2016, RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said.

"This is very concerning so many people were willing to risk the lives of our most vulnerable, simply because they were behind schedule," she said.

"There is no valid excuse for speeding through a school zone.

The study found that motorists used several excuses to speed through school zones, including to keep up with the speed of other traffic, inattention and simply not agreeing with the slow speed.

"It can take a child years to learn about spatial awareness and interacting safely with traffic, so it really is up to drivers to be alert and prepared for anything," Ms Ritchie said.

"Even if you take your eyes off the road for just two seconds, a car moving at 40km/h travels more than 22 metres.

"Speeding can have catastrophic consequences, drivers need to be extra vigilant, especially during pick up and drop off times.

"The lower 40km/h school zone speed limit is there to protect all road users."


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