08 Sep 2021

Queensland trials high-tech speed cameras in school zones as thousands caught speeding

A two-year trial of speed cameras in Queensland school and roadwork zones is set to begin after thousands of drivers were caught speeding through 40 kilometres per hour areas.

The small cameras, that automatically start recording when a crossing supervisor walks onto the road, will be rotated across 24 school zones that have been identified as high-risk areas.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said in the 12 months to February this year, 1,484 drivers were caught doing more than 20kph over the speed limit in a school zone.

More than 8,200 people were also caught doing more than 13kph in a school zone.

Mr Bailey said it was "scary" so many people had been caught at such high speeds around vulnerable children and parents.

"There is no excuse and our cameras will catch you," he told ABC Radio Brisbane.

Prevent 'horror' by slowing down

Cameras will be trialled at primary and high schools — including private schools — around the state and if successful, more cameras will be rolled out.

"Those people that are caught speeding, they'll get the fine, it'll be painful, they'll lose the points, and they won't do it again," Mr Bailey said.

RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said while fines hit drivers' hip pockets, an accident would be far worse.

"Imagine the horror of hurting a child, teacher or road worker because you were either not paying attention to the speed limit or couldn't be bothered to slow down," she said.

The two-year trial, which is set to begin shortly, will be managed by Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Police.

ABC Brisbane caller Jack, from White Mountain, said he had been fined for speeding in a school zone and questioned where the cameras would be located.

"Because some of the school zones are extended well beyond the school boundary, the average motorist doesn't know whether he's still in the school zone or not," he said.

"I think that's just a speed trap and I would like to see signs every 100 metres in the zone so it gives motorists a fair chance."

The latest initiative follows the introduction of phone detection cameras as a tool to catch drivers using mobiles while behind the wheel. That offence attracts a $1,033 fine and has four demerit points attached.

Queensland has recorded 176 deaths on the roads this year to August 19. Last year, 277 people were killed on the state's roads and 6 952 people were seriously injured.

SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-23/queensland-speed-cameras-in-school-zones/100398430?fbclid=IwAR023lYtJvG6j4q-fini5zm6h8y0uJ04ZhF6bXDK7zsvZ-KAiZMV4FZ0mg4

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