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Kids are back! Your attention around schools should be too

Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts

37,428 drivers booked for speeding in a school zone in 2018 Both metro and regional WA feature in school zone speeder hotspots

Motorists are being urged to slow down and take extra care on the roads, as thousands of Western Australian school students return to the classroom this week.

School zones across the State will be fully operational, with speed limits restricted to 40kmh during designated drop-off and pick-up times.

Operating times for school zones in Western Australia are 7.30am to 9am, and 2.30pm to 4pm.

Last year, police issued 37,428 infringements to drivers caught exceeding the speed limit in a school zone.

Below are the top 10 localities for school zone speeders and the number of infringements issued.

Geraldton 1,296   –   Scarborough 843   –    Melville 573   –    Meadow Springs 546   –    Clarkson 507   –   Albany 492   –    Brentwood 477   –    Mount Claremont 438   –    Rangeway 433   –    Gosnells 423

The WA Police Force will again be running targeted operations with Traffic Enforcement Group officers, local police and mobile speed cameras around schools to enforce the 40kmh speed limit.

Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said:

“Last year, police booked a staggering 37,000 drivers for speeding in a school zone.

“This is not an acceptable figure. It means that the lives of our children were put at risk thousands of times by people too impatient or too distracted to obey the law.

“Don’t be that person, I ask drivers everywhere to be mindful of the 40km/hour speed limit around schools.

“We need drivers to switch on and put children’s lives first.”

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