Worst rate in regional WA

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

Albany drivers are among the worst in WA for speeding in school zones.

With children having returned to school today and authorities revealing the 10 worst suburbs for school-zone speeding in 2017, motorists are being reminded to slow down.

Mira Mar in Albany was the only regional site on the list, with police issuing more than 680 infringements to motorists caught flouting the 40km/h limit in 2016.

Albany Primary School principal Jayde Hewson said she wanted motorists to slow down and be more vigilant around school zones.

“Slow down well before the 40 zones and be aware of the road signs, obey the traffic wardens and just be so aware on the roads around our students,” she said. “We are expecting huge amounts of traffic and congestion this week around the school, and motorists should expect delays around the school.”

Mrs Hewson said she expected many students to be arriving on push bikes and urged drivers to be aware when reversing.

“We are going to have a lot of excited students arriving, getting dropped off and on their push bikes; cars will be everywhere, motorists need to be careful and aware,” she said. The school principal said she was not surprised to learn the school area made it into the top-10 worst suburbs for speeders.

“I am not surprised — traffic does not slow down on Middleton Road and this behaviour will not be tolerated,” she said. “If everyone slows down, it will make our kids and all staff and pedestrians safer.

“Last year, we had three students hit by cars on their bikes — three incidents in one year that could have been avoided — so we want to avoid these sorts of things. We need to make drivers more aware, so we do not end up with a fatality.”

Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said the figures showed too many drivers were putting young lives at risk by speeding through school zones. Mrs Roberts warned the first week back for the school year was a particularly vulnerable time and pleaded with motorists to be aware of their surroundings.

“I’d ask parents, children and the wider community to be mindful that school has returned this week and pay extra attention on the roads,” she said.

“The first week back at school is a particularly vulnerable period, as students will be excited about seeing their friends again and might not be as attentive to the road as usual.”

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