COFFS HARBOUR ELECTORATE TO RECEIVE ANOTHER FOUR SETS OF FLASHING LIGHTS
The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, today announced the Coffs Harbour electorate will receive four sets of flashing lights under the next rollout announced by the NSW Government to increase school zone pedestrian safety.
Mr Fraser said the NSW Government was delivering on its commitment to ensure every school in the state will have a set of flashing lights by December 2015.
“I’m delighted Bishop Druitt College, Boambee Public School, Coffs Harbour Public School and Sandy beach Public School will receive flashing lights as they provide extra road safety by slowing motorists down around our children and school communities,” Mr Fraser said.
“School zone flashing lights alert drivers they are entering a 40 km/h school zone and to slow down reducing the risk of a crash or the severity of a crash if it occurs. Children can be unpredictable and do not always act safely around traffic. They may also take risks in the traffic environment without realising they are doing so.
“Put simply, flashing lights make the roads around our schools safer,” Mr Fraser said.
“The installation of these flashing lights is part of a rollout that will see a further 101 schools in the state receive flashing lights before the start of the 2014 school year. That means 1,255 NSW school zones will have flashing lights which will cover 1,364 schools.
“The State Budget increased funding for the flashing lights program from $19.5 million to $32.5 million – meaning an additional 1,500 schools will get lights by December 2015 that otherwise would have missed out.
“Every school in the state will have a set of flashing lights by December 2015.
“Last financial year, 280 sets of flashing lights were installed, the largest number ever installed in a single financial year.
“Flashing lights will operate automatically when school zone speed limits are in force on gazetted school days, increasing motorists’ awareness of school zones,” Mr Fraser said.
Trials found flashing lights helped to slow motorists by an average of seven kilometres an hour when they enter a school zone. Roads and Maritime Services will consult with local residents and schools about the timing for the installation of the lights.
10 October 2013
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