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Speed Warning As Qld School Year Starts

Queensland's peak motoring body has urged motorists to remember to slow down when travelling in school zones from Monday.

State and independent school students start back on Monday, with Catholic school kids to go back on Tuesday, meaning 40km/h zones around schools will again come into effect between 7am and 9am and between 2pm and 4pm.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said the motoring body's own research showed almost 79 per cent of drivers admitted they had sped through school zones because they were in a rush.

"This is very concerning so many people were willing to risk the lives of our most vulnerable, simply because they were behind schedule," Ms Ritchie said in a statement.

"There is no valid excuse for speeding through a school zone."

She said it can take children years to learn about how to properly interact with traffic so the onus was on drivers to be alert and prepared for anything.


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