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Appeal for Logan drivers to be extra cautious as school goes back

Published: 21 January 2016

Appeal for Logan drivers to be extra cautious as school goes back
Snr Sgt Scott Lacey and Councillor Russell Lutton encourage drivers to think about their driving habits around schools as term one starts for 2016.

Logan drivers have been urged to be vigilant, observe speed limits in local school zones and obey parking signs when the school year begins next week.

Logan City Council Road Safety and Bicycle Advisory Committee Chairperson, Councillor Russell Lutton said the lives of children were at stake during the busy morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up periods, especially in the first few weeks of the school year.

"It is easy to forget about reduced school zone speed limits when they haven't been in use for several weeks, but with term one starting next week, streets around local schools will be very busy," he said.

"Doing the wrong thing while parking also has the potential to endanger lives, so we also encourage parents to think carefully about where they leave their cars around schools or to consider using the 'stop, drop and go' zones where they are available."

Cr Lutton said Council's award-winning Patrick Pace Car, an initiative of the SafeRoads4Logan partnership, would also be heading back to school to ensure drivers stayed slow in school zones.

"'Patrick circles around different local schools while sticking to the school zone speed limits, meaning other cars have to keep the pace and slow down around students," he said.

Road Policing Command Officer in Chief, Senior Sergeant Scott Lacey said the back-to-school period was the final component of the Queensland Police Service's Christmas road safety campaign.

"Officers from our Road Policing Unit here at Springwood and our office at Jimboomba as well as general duties police from across the Logan District will be providing a very visible presence for this back-to-school phase," Snr Sgt Lacey said.

"We ask people using school zones to make the best possible decisions and work with us on keeping them safe so the school year gets off to the best possible start.

"It is imperative that anyone using these school zones adheres to the speed limits."

SafeRoads4Logan is a partnership between Council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health, Transurban and RACQ, aimed at reducing serious and fatal crashes in Logan by encouraging motorists to drive safely.

Tips for parents

  • Allow time to get your child to the school gate safely and without rushing
  • Only pick up or let someone out when you have stopped at the front of the queue
  • Stay in the car unless you need to help with bags or seatbelts
  • Do not park in the zone and walk away from your car
  • If your passenger is not ready, drive around the block to rejoin the queue or find a legal place to park
  • Never double park to pick up children – it is illegal and dangerous. Double parking blocks the vision for other drivers, forces children into the road and obstructs the flow of traffic
  • Never call out to your child from across the road
  • Think about timing your trip to avoid the busiest times
  • Always obey the school zone speed limit (generally 40km/h)
  • Park only where parking is permitted