Speedy is not an option for Patrick Pace Car – an initiative to improve pedestrian safety around schools.

Logan City Council is hoping for a win in the Australian Road Safety Awards’ local government category for its Patrick Pace Car initiative to improve pedestrian safety around schools.

Patrick Pace Car has been on the streets of Logan since 2011 and for the first time the Logan City Council has been nominated for the initiative.

The council car is branded like an Indy race car and flashes lights while travelling at 40km through school zones. Patrick serves as a reminder for motorists to take care around school zones and has improved the safety of school children around Logan schools as they become wary of road safety.

Logan Road Safety Advisory Chairperson, Councillor Russell Lutton says Patrick is an integral part of the SafeRoads4Logan campaign and was a great example of how thinking outside of the square can make a world of difference.

“Patrick is a relatively inexpensice but innovative idea that is having a positive impact on road safety.

“The car is easily recognisable and acts as a visual reminder to motorists to slow down in our school zones.

“Demand for Patrick is increasing at such a rate that Council is investigating the possibility of adding another pace car to the team,” he says.

The pace car is supported by the Queensland Police Service and recently won the 2013 Queensland Road Safety Award.

The Australian Road Safety Awards will be announced at a luncheon at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 27 November.

Have you spotted Patrick the Pace Car around? What do you think of the initiative?