WA Police have caught more than 200,000 motorists speeding in school zones during the past six years, prompting a plea for road users to take care as children return to school this week.
Police figures show 200,532 motorists have been fined or charged for exceeding the 40km/h speed limit in school zones since 2008.
Of those, 137 were for motorists who exceeded the 40km/h limit by more than 41km/h.
The figures also show 36 fines and charges for motorists who failed to stop at a children’s crossing; seven fines for motorists who entered a children’s crossing while it was blocked; 40,234 motorists were caught speeding in school zones in 2013, including 3417 who ere travelling more than 20km/h over the speed limit.
Acting Superintendent Ian Clarke urged all motorists to drive the way they expect others to drive when near their own children.
“Be vigilant and resist distraction, drive to the conditions which may mean driving well below the 40km/h limit, and be cautious as children may not be aware of the traffic around them,” Acting Superintendent Clarke said.
“WA Police will continue to target poor driver behaviour in these zones to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said it was the duty of everybody behind a wheel in Western Australia to watch out for children on the roads.
“Tomorrow will be the first day at school for many kids. It is so easy for parents and children to be distracted in and around schools, especially in the first few weeks of the school year,” Mrs Harvey said.
The Minister also revealed the top 10 suburbs for school zone speeding infringements in 2013, with Meadow Springs, Gosnells, Willetton and Claremont showing an unacceptable number of people who were just not getting the message.
1. Meadow Springs - 2,043
2. Gosnells - 864
3. Willetton - 734
4. Claremont - 663
5. Hamilton Hill - 642
6. Brentwood - 574
7. Wembley - 509
8. Morley - 496
9. City Beach - 495
10. Kensington - 490
Education Minister Peter Collier said a record number of about 287,000 public school students and 143,900 private school students would attend school.
“This is a 2.8 per cent increase in the number of students compared to last year, and means there will be more children for drivers to look out for around schools,” he said.
“Seven new public schools will also open their doors to students for the first time tomorrow."