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Thousands caught speeding in school zones

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A warning for drivers to stick to the speed limit around Sunshine and Cooloola Coast schools, as students head back to the classroom.

The 40km/h zones around educational facilities came back into effect on Monday morning when school resumed for Term Three.

The RACQ issued a warning for drivers to slow down, after new Department of Transport and Main Roads statistics revealed a whopping 38,930 fines were handed out for speeding through Queensland school zones over the past two years.

More than 6,260 of those were issues in the Central Police Region encompassing Bundaberg, Gympie, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Mackay and Rockhampton.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said of those fined, more than 23,000 were exceeding the limit by 13km/h or more.

“Reduced speed limits are put in place at schools for the safety of children and adults alike,” Ms Smith said.

“Roads around schools are always high-risk and busy areas, with students walking and riding or being dropped off and picked up by their parents.

“So, it’s incredibly disappointing to see such a high number of drivers risking lives by going too fast near schools.”