Flashing lights for four schools
FOUR Northern Rivers schools will receive funding for flashing lights as part of the NSW Government's expansion to its school zone flashing light program.
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George said the government had added 160 regional schools to the roll out expected to kick off next month.
"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," Mr George said.
"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 urge motorists to slow 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; and 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.
The NSW Roads and Maritime Services figures show 85% of these crashes occurred in metropolitan areas and 15% occurred in country regional areas.
A total of 1,390 school zones will have flashing lights under the NSW Government program to be completed by June 2015.