Drivers blind to 40km/h signs

The King’s College principal Aaron Guppy in front of the 40km/h school zone. Picture: Louise White d414910
The King’s College principal Aaron Guppy in front of the 40km/h school zone. Picture: Louise White d414910

It was the second highest number of infringements issued in a single school zone in WA, and came just a day after WA Police Minister Liza Harvey warned drivers to slow down in school zones and at crossings.

The school, on Bertram Road, has a 40km/h school zone of about 500m, with the speed limit 70km/h on either side.

Traffic Enforcement Group officers issued more than 60 speeding fines through the metropolitan area on Monday.

College principal Aaron Guppy told the Courier road users often ignored the 40km/h zone along the busy route.

‘Bertram Road is the main arterial road to the Kwinana Freeway and becomes very busy at or close to peak-hour periods, with road users frequently failing to adhere to the school speed zone,’ he said.

‘This remains a concern among members of our school community who actively promote speed limit observance.

‘The college has been working to secure traffic wardens as an additional measure to ensure student safety when crossing the road.’

A police spokesman said it was disappointing to see so many |people speeding in school zones and officers would be targeting drivers who ignored the 40km/h signs. Mr Guppy said the school was working closely with Main Roads, police and City of Kwinana to ensure the area was safe for children.

‘We thank the WA Police for their work and support the strong message they are sending to the community to slow down during busy drop-off and pick-up periods in schools zones,’ he said.

‘The data gathered through these campaigns can assist in raising awareness of the dangers in failing to observe the limits.’