Chaos reigns in school zone outside Warwick State High

THE extended shared zone outside Warwick State High School has been described by the school's P&C president as "totally ridiculous" after he observed chaos unfolding during the afternoon pick-up.

The shared zone means all cars have to give way to any pedestrian crossing the road.

"They need much more visible signage," he said.

"More advertising was needed to promote the change so people were aware of it.

"The traffic island was needed to make the shared zone work but the two installed are inadequate."

Mr Wheeldon had pictured the shared zone looking more like the shared zone near the Town Hall with designated crossing areas.

"It is by no means effective the way it is," he said.

The shared zone trial will be monitored by the Southern Downs Regional Council using CCTV footage.

Director of Engineering Services Peter See said the footage had not been reviewed yet.

"It will be up to council to decide whether the trial will finish earlier than the 12 month period proposed," he said.

"I drive through this area on a regular basis and believe it to be okay.

"Council currently has no plans to carry out an education program.

"Education of the students would be the responsibility of the high school or parents."

The new shared zone has also sparked an online debate.

"I saw cars banked up around the roundabout yesterday and extending from all roundabout exits. Kids don't know if they should walk across in front of cars and motorist don't know if they should give way to the person standing there, it looked like all concerned were very confused," Cass McGahan wrote on Facebook.

Indianna from Warwick posted online that she nearly had an accident.

"So coming up to the roundabout in Palmerin St from Victoria in 50km/h halting to 25km/h on the roundabout had a semi nearly run me down this morning this is so stupid, kids with there heads in their phones texting."



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