I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our families to Term 4, and extend a special welcome to our new families joining our Coorparoo State School community. I will be Acting Principal for the first 4 weeks, while Mr Murphy is on leave. Term 4 will be a very busy term with numerous events on the horizon with the Years 3-6 Aquathon on this Friday, Year 6 Mapleton Camp in Week 3, Year 5 Alex Park Camp in Week 4, P&C Trivia Night Saturday 15th October and All Schools Touch on 15&16 October, just to mention a few. To best stay abreast of upcoming events, please check our school’s website and enable notifications in your QSchools app.
In a world-first road safety initiative, new speed camera technology will soon target speeding drivers at selected school zones and roadworks sites across Queensland. The announcement of this two-year pilot was made as part of Queensland Road Safety Week (QRSW), which ran from 22 to 26 August 2022. The pilot will involve speed cameras deployed in flashing school zone signs at a number of schools which have been selected based on a risk assessment conducted by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
Speeding continues to be one of the main contributing factors in deaths and serious injuries on our roads. We know school children are among our most vulnerable road users. This speed camera pilot will act as a deterrent to drivers, with fines and demerit points to be issued to those who fail to slow down. Research has consistently shown a link between camera enforcement and reductions in speed-related fatalities and serious injuries. Sites selected for the cameras have been chosen based on suitability for the program, primarily from reported and recorded speeding behaviour. Depending on the outcome of the pilot, the initiative may be expanded to additional schools across the State.
The cameras will only operate during the designated times on the flashing school zone signs and drivers who do the right thing and slow down have nothing to worry about. Any questions about the new speed camera technology targeting speeding drivers at selected school zones and roadworks sites across Queensland can be directed to TMR by email at RBMS@tmr.qld.gov.au or telephone 3066 2835. TMR will be pleased to assist.
Drop Off/Pick Up and Road Rule Enforcement
A number of complaints have been received by Joe Kelly’s office regarding drivers not following the road rules on Halstead Street, Coorparoo when they drop off and collect their children at Coorparoo State School.
As a result, Joe Kelly’s office has contacted the Coorparoo Police Station, who will be acting to police the area and fully enforce Qld Road Rules immediately after the school holidays. We would appreciate all our parents/caregivers adhering to the road rules, to ensure the safety of all community
I look forward to a great start to Term 4, and I will no doubt catch up with many of you over the coming weeks.
Regards, Acting Principal Mark Craswell