POLICE will target speeding drivers at a re-opened school zone in Ferntree Gully after most drivers were seen to be ignoring the new speed limits.
The Eastern Ranges Autism School opened this year at the former Ferntree Gully High School site in Dorset Road which has a 40km/h speed limit at school times.
Knox highway patrol's Sergeant Paul Fisher said part of the problem was that the school still looked like a construction zone with a temporary fence around it.
"But students are going there and the speed limits are well signposted," he said. "It is an extremely busy road. Because it is an autistic school, the students there are more vulnerable around the roads."
Speed profiles completed by the highway patrol and Knox Council found that 98 per cent of drivers were still driving at 60km/h or faster during school hours and Sergeant Fisher said the highway patrol would target Dorset Road.
"The first couple of days we will intercept speeding drivers and give them an official warning, but after that there will be no warnings, just tickets," he said.
Sergeant Fisher urged drivers to be aware of their surroundings and watch for speed limit signs.