FLASHING LIGHTS ON THEIR WAY TO SCHOOLS IN
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today welcomed the start of flashing light installations under the historic second phase of the rollout by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.
Mr Anderson said it was fantastic news for the Tamworth electorate as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to ensure every single school zone in the State gets a set of flashing lights by the end of 2015.
“This is exciting for our school communities as flashing lights slow drivers down in school zones and make the roads safer for our children.
“First we completed the flashing lights rollout for schools on higher risk roads in NSW including several in the Tamworth region.
“The second phase, now underway, will roll out flashing lights to more than 1,500 of the remaining schools without flashing lights across the state.
“As part of the rollout which focuses on delivering by Local Government Area’s to ensure it is cost effective, we will see lights in Tamworth Regional Council and Gunnedah Shire Council areas commence in August 2015.
“From now until December 2015 the NSW Government will be installing flashing lights at more than 100 schools per month.
“The lights will continue to include back to base technology which ensures they operate consistently and any faults can be addressed quickly.”
“These lights will be retrofitted to existing school zone signs at the main entry point for each school and include flashing lanterns that we know are effective at slowing drivers down.
“This is an exciting milestone, in four and a half years we will have covered all the school zones in NSW and delivered on an important commitment to parents and families.
Mr Anderson said flashing lights were just one of many initiatives the Liberal & Nationals Government has introduced to help protect our children and remind motorists to slow down.
“Outside the classroom, we have high visibility signs and ‘40’ pavement markings on all roads with a school zone.
“Inside classrooms, students are learning critical road safety skills through our road safety education curriculum including SafetyTown.com.au
“There is also a Speed Adviser app for android and iPhones that uses audio alerts to inform drivers of operating school zones,” Mr Anderson concluded.
More information about the flashing lights program is available at roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au