In a recent survey, a staggering number of Australian drivers (almost 33%) confessed to breaking the golden rule – speeding in school zones.
It gets worse with 10% of these speed demons claimed they couldn’t spot any kids around and 1 in 20 of them either crashed or narrowly escaped disaster near a school.
It’s not just school zones where Aussies go pedal to the metal. A whopping 72% of drivers admitted to speeding in general, with two-thirds conveniently blaming their obliviousness to road signs.
According to insurer AAMI, the most treacherous time on the roads is between 2 pm and 4:30 pm – school pick up time.
The worst culprits? Queenslanders take the lead, with 40% confessing to speeding in school zones. Victoria and NSW hot on their heels at 33% each.
In contrast, South Australians were the safest, with only 22% admitting to this dangerous behaviour.
Research shows that the chances of a pedestrian surviving after being hit by a car traveling at 40km/h or less are 87%. This figure significantly drops as the speed increases.
To put the brakes on road tragedies involving children, Aussies are being urged to slow down. Russell White, CEO of the Australian Road Safety Foundation, reveals a shocking truth – every year, over 1200 precious lives are lost on Aussie roads.
Nobody wants to be part of a child-car collision, as it has a traumatic ripple effect in our community. School zones are designed to save lives and prevent fatalities, but they’ll only work if we actually follow the rules.