Townsville schools have welcomed back students and said a big hello to brand new little ones putting a back pack on for the first time.
So whether you have school students in your household or not, it's vital to remember that school zone speed limits are back.
It's been a few weeks since we've had to practice the 40km/h rule, but from today we're back into it for 2019, so take extra care on our local streets.
Costs and penalties for exceeding the speed limit in a school zone are:
- Less than 13km/h is $168 and one demerit point.
- At least 13km/h but not more than 20km/h will cost you $252 and three demerit points.
- More than 20km/h but not more than 30km/h is $420 and four demerit points.
- More than 30km/h but not more than 40km/h will put you $588 out of pocket and you will lose six demerit points.
- Drive more than 40km/h over the speed limit and you'll pay a $1177 fine, lose eight demerit points and be suspended from driving for six months.
Queensland Police have issued guidelines on how to drive to the conditions when wet weather is about:
• Be careful when accelerating around corners and roundabouts, as the increased slipperiness of the road creates a greater chance of losing control;
• Allow double the braking distance as the wet weather can cause your vehicle to slide;
• Make visibility easier for other road users by turning your lights on.