Flashing lights for school

MURRAY'S Bridge State School will receive a set of flashing traffic lights in what Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg described as a safety-boosting initiative.

The lights are part of a $10 million State Government program to increase safety around 48 of the state's schools.

"Kids and traffic can be a dangerous mix and these lights will be another reminder to drivers to slow down around schools," Mr Springborg said.

"Children can be hard to see and may not be concentrating around their mates before or after school, so this will be an important extra safety measure.

"As school goes back this week it is also a timely reminder for motorists to take care near school zones and stick to the lower speed limits."

There were 17,254 fines handed out in school zones in 2011 - an increase of 40% in just two years.

Of the 8131 handed out between January and May 2012, a concerning 114 were motorists travelling at more than 30kmh above the speed limit.

Fifteen schools have had their lights installed, and the next 33 would have theirs by June.



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