OUR SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE EXTRA SCHOOL ZONE FLASHING LIGHTS
Written on the 19 May 2017 by Kevin Conolly
The safety of students and their families around schools in the Riverstone electorate will be given a welcome boost with the installation of extra school zone flashing lights, Member for Riverstone, Mr Kevin Conolly MP announced today.
The new flashing lights will be installed at Hambledon Public School, Glenwood High School, Riverstone Public School and St John XXIII Stanhope Gardens. These schools will have a second set of flashing lights installed to further improve road safety for NSW school students and their families, Roads Minister Melinda Pavey today announced, as part of a statewide roll out of extra flashing lights at 104 schools zones.
In August last year the NSW Government announced a $5 million program to install extra flashing lights at 400 NSW schools.
The program, which will be completed in July, is running on time and under budget allowing for the installation of the extra lights at these school zones.
Mr Conolly said the program is part of the government's $10 million boost to school zone safety which includes $5 million for the additional lights, and $5 million for pedestrian safety infrastructure like raised pedestrian crossings around schools.
"This is a big win for schools in this community. There's nothing more important than making sure our kids are safe, especially when they are making their way to and from school," Mr Conolly said.
"Children are some of our most vulnerable road users. That's why we're doing everything possible to keep them safe on our roads and near our schools."
In 2013 the NSW Government announced the expansion of the school zone flashing lights program to ensure every school in NSW had at least one a set of flashing lights.
The program has now been completed with more than 1700 schools across the state receiving a set of flashing lights by the end of 2015.
Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said that all NSW schools have prominent signs, '40' pavement patches and 'dragon's teeth' road markings to improve school zone visibility and remind drivers that they must slow down to 40km/h during school zone times.
"A vehicle that hits a pedestrian at 50km/h is twice as likely to cause a fatality as the same vehicle travelling at 40km/h, which is why school zone speed limits are so important," Mr Carlon said.
Drivers also face tougher penalties that apply in 40km/h school zones. Offences such as speeding, double parking and illegal U-turns attract a higher fine and additional demerit points when the infringements are committed in a school zone.
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