The school zones, like outside Roma State College's Junior Campus, will receive attention from police when school starts on Wednesday.
The school zones, like outside Roma State College's Junior Campus, will receive attention from police when school starts on Wednesday. Tom Gillespie

Roma Police to crack down on school zones from Wednesday

AS schoolchildren prepare to flock to the crossings and lollipop ladies get ready for another year of roadside supervision, Roma Police areadvising the public about road awareness during the back-to-school season.

Motorists are being cautioned to be wary of their surroundings as the town prepares for the back-to-school phase, with extra patrols and increased awareness planned by traffic officers.

The warning comes as state schools across Queensland prepare to start 2016 tomorrow, with many new students making their first steps into education at Roma State College’s junior campus.

Officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Scott Jackson said police would be watching the designated school zones around Roma as a precaution for new students and parents.

“We’re just reminding people to pay attention to the school zones and follow the directions whilst travelling through school zones,” he said.

“It’s really for the protection of parents and kids. There are a lot of drivers who have probably been taking it too easy with the road speeds over the holiday break, so we want to make sure there’s a precautionary measure for everyone.”

Snr Sgt Jackson said there would be also be an increased focus on mobile phone use and parking around school zones.

“We always have targeted phone use, but we’ll be taking those extra couple of steps to crack down on it,” he said.

Roma Police’s efforts are part of a statewide back-to-school operation by the Queensland Police Service, aiming to provide a safe school environment for new and returning students in 2016.

Snr Sgt Jackson said Roma had a high compliance rate with the road rules over the years, but said there was the potential for traffic thoroughfares to be a problem for drivers.

“Traffic movements in and around the schools are always difficult to manage, but we’re confident that drivers will follow the directions of the school zones and break the habit of using these roads casually,” he said.

“Highways for families returning to Roma will also be in focus, as parents can rush to drop their kids off and may speed or drive recklessly along roads leading out of town.”


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