LOCAL CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM SAFETY ADDITIONS AROUND SCHOOLS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced that Tamworth Public School and Carinya Christian School at Calala has benefited from the completion of a $10 million program boosting school zone safety.
“We all have a role to play when it comes to pedestrian safety, particularly when it comes to the safety around schools.
“Tamworth Public School and Carinya Christian School students will be a little safer walking near their school thanks to the fact this area has shared in this funding.
“I am extremely thankful that there have been no school aged pedestrian deaths in active school zones since December 2013 but this doesn’t mean that drivers should become complacent.
“Roads and children can be a dangerous mix, which is why we are investing in making school zones as safe as possible to reduce the risk of tragedy.
“School children are some of the most vulnerable people using the road, which is why we have programs such as school zone flashing lights, pedestrian crossings and fencing to keep children safe going to and from school.
“We can all play our part in keeping our kids safe by sticking to school zone speed limits and constantly keeping an eye out for children who might run out onto the road unexpectedly,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Mr Anderson said the project included upgrades to pedestrian infrastructure at 140 schools as well as the addition of extra school zone flashing lights to more than 500 schools around the state.
The number of pedestrian deaths in NSW so far this year stands at 41, which is 12 more than the same time last year.