School blitz: Police nab 60 drivers on the first day
SIXTY motorists were nabbed for speeding in school zones on day one of the new term.
Police launched Operation Back to School yesterday to bring a visible warning to motorists that the road rules should be obeyed in 40kmh zones.
Officers from the Sunshine Coast Road Policing Unit set up speed-detection devices at Burnside State High, Caloundra High, Beerburrum State School, Maroochydore High and Coolum State School during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
Police nabbed 47 drivers speeding through school zones at the five schools and handed out on-the-spot fines.
A further 13 drivers will be sent speeding infringement notices in the mail.
"We will continue Operation Back to School all week in our efforts to remind parents that children will still be children and will run out the front of vehicles," acting Senior Sergeant Dave Nelson said.
Police have seen a noticeable improvement in driver behaviour in school zones since the start of Operation Jump Street in term one.
"Coolum State School was by far the worst on the Sunshine Coast and on Tuesday in half an hour we got 13 offences, which seems high, but when you consider we had 40 offences in half an hour when the operation first started, it's a real improvement," acting Snr Sgt Nelson said.
"It's good to see parents doing the right thing and parking where they need to be, but we still have some who are stopping in bus zones and causing a potentially life-endangering hazard."