BOOST TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AROUND LOCAL SCHOOLS
Five schools across the Tamworth electorate are set for a boost to pedestrian safety with a range of safety upgrades planned in 2017.
Member for Tamworth and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Transport Kevin Anderson said more school zone flashing lights will be rolled out at Carinya Christian School Gunnedah, Gunnedah South Public School and Tamworth South Public School whilst road safety upgrades will take place at Tamworth Public School and Carinya Christian School Tamworth.
“We all have a role to play when it comes to pedestrian safety, particularly when it comes to the safety around schools.
“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 targeted safety programs such as school zone flashing lights, pedestrian crossings and fencing to keep children safe going to and from school.”
Road infrastructure upgrades at Carinya Christian School Tamworth and Tamworth Public School will include fencing and kerb extensions, while Tamworth Public School will also benefit from a pedestrian refuge on Upper Street.
“We can all play our part in helping move the road toll toward zero 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 said.
“Because school drop off and pick-up times can be extremely busy we will continue to invest in important safety upgrades so that our children can be safe when travelling to and from school,” Mr Anderson concluded.