POLICE BLITZ ON SCHOOL ZONE SPEEDERS

POLICE BLITZ ON SCHOOL ZONE SPEEDERS
  • Worst suburbs for school zone speeding in 2015 revealed
  • State Government releases next round of schools for 40kmh flashing signs

The State Government has reminded motorists to slow down in school zones with children returning to class this week and at the same time has named those suburbs where motorists are driving too fast and endangering lives.

Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey also revealed the latest round of 452 Western Australian schools which will have flashing 40kmh signs installed.

“The flashing 40kmh signs, funded through the Road Trauma Trust Account, help remind every motorist when school is back, and students are arriving and departing from the school grounds,” Mrs Harvey said.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the $36 million project represented the single largest procurement of electrical components Main Roads had ever undertaken.

“The State Government’s 2013 election commitment was to provide the signs to all 1,071 schools in WA by 2017 and this will be achieved,” Mr Nalder said.

Mrs Harvey also released the five worst suburbs for school zone speeding infringements in 2015, saying it was unacceptable so many people had been caught speeding around children.

1.         Meadow Springs – 892 infringements

2.         Brentwood – 483 infringements

3.         Belmont – 401 infringements

4.         Melville – 357 infringements

5.         Mandurah – 300 infringements.

 

Mrs Harvey said the majority of motorists fined were exceeding the speed limit by 10 to 19 kilometres per hour.

“We have seen fewer people speeding through school zones over the last few years but we will continue getting the message out there that if you speed through a school zone, you are endangering the lives of children,” she said.

“The rate of fatalities has reduced 34 per cent since 2008 but we will remain relentless in further reducing road trauma through safer roads, education and enforcement.”

Fact File

  • In 2015, five motorists were caught speeding in Meadow Springs school zones 30-40kms over the limit, two in Mandurah and one in Belmont
  • 2,043 motorists were caught speeding through Meadow Springs school zones in 2013

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