Police crack down on school zone speeding

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Motorists caught speeding in school zones this week can expect no favours from police as they promise a hard-line approach to start the new school year.

As students from across the region returned to school today, police began their campaign targeting drivers who ignore the posted 40km/h speed limit.

Acting Great Southern traffic enforcement Sergeant Chris Logan said police would deploy speed cameras in school zones in the first week of school.

He said it was frustrating many drivers still ignored the flashing lights at school zones.

Traffic police attended a newly installed student crossing at the Albany Highway and Anson Road intersection this morning.

Main Roads Great Southern regional manager Andrew Duffield said the State School Crossing Committee had funded the new traffic warden crossing, which was installed earlier this week and would be manned by two new wardens.

Mr Duffield said the crossing featured wig-wag lights to warn motorists on a heavy traffic route of the crossing to enhance the safety of students attending North Albany Senior High School.

“The NASHS committee were pretty keen to make sure a better school crossing was there and they pushed pretty hard,” Mr Duffield said.

“We encourage all children to use the crossing.” Denmark police were yesterday busy monitoring drivers on South Coast Highway and Mitchell Street in front of Denmark High School and Denmark Primary School. Sgt Matt Hartfield said no drivers were detected speeding in a pleasing result.

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