More police to put a stop to school speeders

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POLICE presence at schools in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula will soon increase to issue fines to speeding drivers.

A Frankston Council statement said that “due to ongoing complaints and incidents” there would be an increase in police “patrolling local school zones and issuing fines to drivers doing the wrong thing.”

Frankston mayor Cr Michael O’Reilly said “keeping kids safe as they get to and from school is everyone’s responsibility.”

“Reducing your speed from 60kph to 40kph to travel through a 400 metre school speed zone only adds around twelve seconds to your overall travel time. This reduction in speed could save a child’s life.

Most people do the right thing, however some drivers are committing offences with little regard to the safety of children, parents and other road users,” he said.

Exceeding the speed limit by less than 10 kph can result in a $201 fine and the loss of a demerit point.

Exceeding the speed limit by between 25 kph and 30 kph can result in a $443 fine and a three month licence suspension. Failing to stop at a children’s crossing could also lead to a $403 fine.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 4 December 2018

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