New initiatives to improve road safety around schools

We are rushed in our daily lives but we need to slow down around schools.  These new initiatives aren't about annoying drivers, but rather to reduce the risk of a moment's inattention that could be costly for everyone.

  • ACT Police ‘blitz’ on speeding and dangerous parking around schools.
  • New road marking to be trialled around schools.
  • Review of road signage around schools 

Canberra drivers are receiving 6 infringements or cautions on every school day. 

In 2014, there were over 1372 infringement notices or cautions handed out to Canberrans driving in school zones. This is an improvement on the 1567 issued in 2013 but more needs to be done.

I have asked the Minister for Police Joy Burch to work with ACT Police to establish a specific blitz targeting speeding and dangerous parking in school zones. The Minister made this a clear priority in the 2015-16 ACT Policing purchase agreement.

Accidents around schools can ruin people’s lives – from those directly involved to their families to the school and the broader community.

We are rushed in our daily lives but we need to slow down around schools. These new initiatives aren’t about annoying drivers, but rather to reduce the risk of a moment’s inattention that could be costly for everyone. 

Addressing safety in school zones will be a priority area for the ACT Government in the coming months.  The Government will proceed with a range of measures to curb speeding in schools zones, such as utilising higher profile road markings to alert drivers that they are entering a slower speed zone.

The Government will also review and simplify road signage around ACT schools. We need to make sure drivers clearly understand they are entering a school zone. Despite all the current road signage, drivers are still putting children at risk.  In some locations this may reflect confusion as a result of too many signs.

The Government would also like community views on reducing the speed limit to 30kmph around particular, high risk schools, should the evidence show that this could reduce accidents. This is something the Government will look at in the coming months.

There is no excuse for speeding, and while most people do the right thing, there is more we can do.