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Police tell Warwick drivers 'shared zone means slow down'

DESPITE the large electronic flashing signs installed last week, Rose City motorists are still struggling to travel at 25kmh through the extended shared zone along Palmerin St.

Warwick Traffic Branch officer in charge Sergeant Ross Waugh said police would resort to "speed detection devices" if motorists continued to flout the law..

Speeding tickets are not the only penalties that can be dished out via the new rules put in place for safety of Warwick State High School students.

The rules of a shared zone state that all cars must give way to any pedestrian crossing the road.

If a motorist fails to stop the fine is $330.

The 12-month trial of the shared zone started two weeks ago and Southern Downs Regional Council engineering services director Peter See said he had not looked at the footage yet.

"The footage has not been reviewed as yet as the cars are not yet abiding by the speed limit from my observation," he said.

"From my observation people are travelling slower since we put up the variable message boards.

"After a month of operation I will look at it."

Mr See said people refusing to adhere to the rules so far did not mean the shared zone was not the answer.

"It means that motorists are disobeying the law," he said.

Many people took to the Daily News' Facebook page yesterday, highlighting the confusion about what a shared zone actually means.

Yolande Cave said she did not think it was making a difference.

"Watched some ladies cross from the high school, they stopped in the middle and waited to cross while five cars drove past, obviously it's not making a difference," she said.

"I think the council need to make the rules of a shared zone more clear if that is going to be their solution.

"I wasn't sure if it meant you only had to give way to pedestrians at 'crossings' or anywhere within the shared zone, until I looked it up."

Karen Fuller said the reduced speed limit would lead to more crashes.

"I predict there will be an increase in traffic accidents in Palmerin St due to frustrated drivers running up the backside of people trying to follow the speed limit," she said.

Despite the confusion and the number of people unaware of the rules Mr See said there were no more awareness projects planned.

"The road rules rely on motorists obeying the signs," he said.

The assistant principal from WSHS has also contacted Mr See asking for a map showing the best crossing points for the children.

Topics:  cars news, motorists, palmerin street, police, shared zone, southern downs regional council, speeding




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