Police to enforce speed limits near Queenstown schools

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Police will target drivers who speed in Queenstown’s school zones or past stationary school buses over the next three weeks.

Motorists who are 5kmh or more over the stated limit within 250 metres of school boundaries will be issued tickets.

Officers will also use speed cameras and lasers to monitor bus routes as schoolchildren head back to the classrooms next week. They will enforce the 20kmh restriction for vehicles passing stationary school buses.

“Our aim is to prevent fatal and injury crashes involving children around schools,” Southern District Highway Patrol senior sergeant Steve Larking says.

Fifteen people have been seriously injured and 90 have received minor injuries in crashes involving children in school zones in the Southern Police District in the last five years.

Drivers aged between 15 and 19 years old were at fault in 40 per cent of the crashes. Larking says new high school drivers on learner or restricted licences need to be aware of the risks and drive slowly.

The key risk times are between 7.30-9am and 2.30-4pm and the enforcement campaign will focus on those hours.

“It’s a new term and a new start for some students so we need to be extra careful with our driving habits around schools,” Larking says.

“Parents need to be mindful of not double parking or parking on yellow lines when dropping students off, and give themselves time to get children to school safely.”

Larking says younger children who are easily distracted and struggle to judge the speed of moving vehicles are at risk, along with those riding to school for the first time on new Christmas bikes.