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Thousands fined in Qld school zones

A motoring lobby group has called on Queensland drivers to slow down when students return on Monday after more than 38,000 fines for speeding in school zones in the past two years.

RACQ representative Renee Smith said more than 23,000 fines alone were for speeds in excess of 13km/h above the limit.

She said the Department of Transport and Main Roads statistics revealed a total of 38,930 speeding fines were handed out for school zone breaches during 2018 and 2019.

Brisbane region drivers, which includes Redlands and Pine Rivers, were the worst offenders with 14420 fines while 8570 were dished out in the Southern Region which includes Roma, Ipswich, Roma and the Darling Downs.

"This is unacceptable...scary statistics," Ms Smith said.

"It's incredibly disappointing to see such a high number of drivers risking lives by going too fast near schools."

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