SCHOOL SAFETY BOOST FOR WESTERN SYDNEY REGION
Written on the 6 September 2016 by Kevin Conolly
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly and Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet said the western Sydney region will share in a $5 million program to install school zone flashing lights where schools have multiple busy entrances, and have higher road safety risks.
The Riverstone and Hawkesbury regions will see additional sets of flashing lights installed to improve road safety for children travelling to and from school.
Schools that will receive an additional set of flashing lights are:
"It's great that this Government took the initiative to identify the most high risk schools to ensure they benefit from this extra level of protection" Mr Conolly said.
All eligible schools with multiple busy entrances were consulted in the process of selecting school zones for this program.
"Children are some of our most vulnerable road users, and we know school zone flashing lights are an effective way of warning drivers and riders to slow down to improve safety" Mr Perrottet said.
The new locations for school zone flashing lights were selected by a risk assessment model which takes into account a number of factors including approach speed, pedestrian numbers, traffic volumes, and heavy vehicle traffic volumes.
"This will build on the NSW Government's initial rollout which ensured all eligible schools across NSW had at least one set of flashing lights," Mr Perrottet said.
Flashing lights are funded through the Community Road Safety Fund, where all speed and red light camera fines go directly towards vital road safety programs.
School zones are enforced on government gazetted school days to ensure operation dates and times are consistent and easy to follow.
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