As thousands of Queensland students return to school on Monday after the Easter holiday break, motorists are being warned to slow down near school zones and be mindful of the presence of students near the road.

Member for Mulgrave said children can be unpredictable and drivers need to take that into account when they are travelling in the vicinity of schools.

“Motorists should be vigilant at all times to ensure the safety of children travelling to and from the school gates,” Mr Pitt said.

“Slowing down to 40km/h when you are in a school zone could be all it takes to prevent a tragedy. I urge every driver to be aware of children getting off buses and walking or riding their bikes and scooters to school.”

Mr Pitt said school crossing supervisors and the Queensland Government’s successful school zone flashing lights program are making the journey to school safer for students.

“There are 1,795 school crossing supervisors across Queensland, all committed to ensuring that students are able to safely cross the road. Their dedication to the job offers great peace of mind to parents,” he said.

“We also have a program of works to install flashing lights in school zones at a number of schools throughout the state to warn motorists of the need to slow down.

“These bright orange flashing signs have been installed at more than 400 schools across Queensland.”

Mr Pitt also encouraged parents to drop off and pick up their children in designated zones, to follow the rules and be vigilant about ensuring their children are supervised when getting in and out of cars.

“The golden rules are for drivers to slow down and obey the rules, and for parents to be vigilant in helping children cross the roads safely,” he said.

“Let’s make the start of term two a safe one for every student across the state.”