Boost To Children's Safety

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The safety of students and their families around Oatley schools has been given a welcome boost with the installation of extra school zone flashing lights.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and freight Melinda Pavey alongside Member for Oatley Mark Coure said the lights have been installed at Oatley Public School as part of a statewide roll out of extra flashing lights at 104 schools zones.

In August last year the NSW Government announced a $5 million program to install extra flashing lights at 400 NSW schools.

Mrs Pavey said the program was part of the 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.

“This is a big win for NSW schools, there’s nothing more important than making sure our kids are safe, especially when they are making their way to and from school,” Mrs Pavey said.

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

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

Mr Coure said that in 2013 the NSW Government announced the expansion of the school zone flashing lights program to ensure every school in NSW had at least one a set of flashing lights.

“This 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,” he said.

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

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