Ward Announces Extra Flashing Lights For Illawarra Schools

Ward Announces Extra Flashing Lights For Illawarra Schools

New South Wales Member for Kiama Gareth Ward

Illawarra Schools To Receive Extra School Zone Flashing Lights

Victor P Taffa

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Gareth Ward has today announced that the safety of students and their families around local Illawarra schools will be given a welcome boost with the installation of additional school zone flashing lights.

Mr. Ward said that the extra lights will be installed at Lake Illawarra South Public School, Shellharbour Anglican College and Lindsay Park Public School in Wollongong as part of a Statewide roll out of extra flashing lights at 104 schools zones.

“This is a big win for our local schools in the Illawarra. There is nothing more important than making sure that children are safe, especially when they are making their way to and from school.” Mr. Ward said.

“These new lights will help us achieve this by reminding drivers to slow down and be mindful that there are children around.”

“In August last year, the New South Wales Government announced a $5 Million program to install extra flashing lights at 400 New South Wales schools.” Mr. Ward said.

“Flashing Lights Program, which will be completed in July, is running on time and under budget allowing for the installation of the extra lights at the extra school zones.”

“It is part of the New South Wales Government’s $10 Million boost to school zone safety which includes $5 Million for the additional lights, and $5 Million for pedestrian safety infrastructure like raised zebra crossings around schools.” Mr. Ward said.

“Children are some of our most vulnerable road users. That is why we are doing everything possible to keep them safe on our roads and near our schools.”

“In 2013, the New South Wales Government announced the expansion of the school zone flashing lights program to ensure every school in New South Wales had at least one a set of flashing lights.”

“Flashing Lights Program has now been completed with more than 1,700 schools across the state receiving a set of flashing lights by the end of 2015.” Mr. Ward said.

Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said that all NSW schools have prominent signs, ‘40’ pavement patches and ‘dragon’s teeth’ road markings to improve school zone visibility and remind drivers that they must slow down to 40 km/h during school zone times.

“A vehicle that hits a pedestrian at 50 km/h is twice as likely to cause a fatality as the same vehicle travelling at 40 km/h, which is why school zone speed limits are so important.” Mr. Carlon said.

“We are committed to providing a safe road environment for children, both close to home and on their way to and from school.”

“We are doing this through improvements in school zone infrastructure as well as ongoing road safety education in schools and early childhood services.” Mr. Carlon said.

“We are backing this up with targeted communication and enforcement campaigns that remind drivers to slow down in school zones.”

“Drivers also face tougher penalties that apply in 40 km/h school zones. Offences such as speeding, double parking and illegal U-turns attract a higher fine and additional demerit points when committed in a school zone.” Mr. Carlon said.