Gotcha! 183 cars speed through school zone in 60 minutes
IN one hour we clocked 183 motorists speeding through a Banora Point school zone - some hitting more than 50kmh over the limit.
A radar powered investigation by the Daily News this week, during which we used a radar gun outside the school, revealed that speeding through the Centaur Primary School and Banora Point High School zone on Leisure Dr had reached a dangerous frequency.
From 2.30-3pm last Wednesday and 8.30-9am Thursday, our hand-held radar recorded vehicles speeding through the 40kmh zone, with speeds ranging from 45 to a shocking 92.
We even recorded five large trucks averaging 58kmh and a bus nudging 63 - thankfully, not a school bus.
Tweed Byron LAC Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said police would, as always, keep a close eye on the situation.
"Kids don't think like adults or have reaction speeds like adults. Drivers need to heighten their awareness in school zones," he said.
Insp Cullen warned drivers that speeding in a school zone could result in heavy infringements or the tragic consequence of injuring a child.
Centaur Primary School principal Darren Scott was appalled, but not surprised, by the Daily News' findings.
"I have almost run out of school to record a number plate of a speeding car, or when I heard a screech at the roundabout," he said.
"Some people use roads around our school like a drag strip and it's incredibly dangerous.
"It's simple really. Little people around, drive slowly, use your brain. Commonsense really."
Mr Scott regarded the speeding recorded as "worrying" and said recent near-miss incidents had encouraged him to warn parents and children of the danger.
"Where is their conscience? And why do they have the right to put our youngsters at risk?" he asked.
"I don't think you could publish what I'd really like to say to them. Some locals certainly don't consider child safety a priority."
Mr Scott said he believed police were doing the best job they could with tight resources.
- Drivers caught by NSW Police at more than 45kmh over the limit face disqualification or suspension for six months
- Drivers speeding more than 30, but not more than 45 over the limit could be off the road for three months.
- Heavy fines also apply.