LISMORE ELECTORATE SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE FLASHING LIGHTS AS PART OF EXTENDED REGIONAL SCHOOL ROLLOUT
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced that four schools would benefit from the NSW Government’s announcement of a major expansion of the school zone flashing light program.
“I’m very pleased to announce that four schools will receive flashing lights as part of the NSW Government’s announcement over the weekend of an additional 160 regional schools to receive flashing lights,” Mr George said.
“These 160 extra flashing lights are above and beyond the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s election commitment and take the total number to be rolled out over the next four years to 700.
“The NSW Government has gone beyond its election commitment and announced an extra $4 million for the rollout of flashing lights in regional areas, bringing our total commitment to $17 million.”
Flashing lights slow motorists down around schools and warn them they are approaching a school.
“The lights will be installed at the following schools –
Trinity Catholic College/St Carthage's Primary School – Dawson St, Lismore
Modanville Public School – Dunoon Rd, Modanville
Barkers Vale Public School – Kyogle Rd, Barkers Vale
Crystal Creek Public School – Numinbah Rd, North Arm
The lights will operate automatically between 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm and 4pm on school days during term time,” Mr George said.
Flashing lights are linked to a central computer system which operates lights across the state.
The lights use LED (light-emitting diode) technology which provides brighter light and is more energy efficient.
Trials of flashing lights have found flashing lights helped to slow motorists by an average of seven kilometres an hour when they enter a school zone.
The rollout of the additional flashing lights in country school zones will start next month.
Between 2003 and 2010 there were 277 crashes involving school-aged pedestrians between five and 16-years-olds in a school zone during school zone operating times.
RMS figures show 85 per cent of these crashes occurred in metropolitan areas and 15 per cent occurred in country regional areas.
A total of 1,390 school zones will have flashing lights under the NSW Government program to be rolled out by June 2015.