School zones are safer
AS the NSW Government announced a major expansion of the school zone flashing lights program across the state, a country school and a suburban Lismore school were thrilled as the lights would bring increased safety improvements to the roads in their community.
Brother Peter Carroll, principal of Trinity Catholic College and St Carthage's Primary School in Dawson St, said the school was at a key entry point to Lismore from country areas.
"Anything that draws the drivers' attention to the fact we are in a busy school area is of benefit," Br Carroll said. The two schools have a combined roll of about 2000 students.
"Sometimes drivers do need a visual reminder that it is a school zone and they need to slow down."
Parents agreed it was a good measure.
"I think it will be fantastic because it's chaos here in the morning," said Liz Hay, a mother of two Trinity students.
"This is also a major school bus interchange for all schools in Lismore and the area."
Barkers Vale Public School principal Dafydd Thomas said it was important lights were installed at their school as it was on a split site between two roads. They lobbied councillors and MPs to get the lights.
"It was critical to receive the lights due to the increased volume of traffic on the Kyogle Rd and the number of vehicles speeding through at school zone times," Mr Thomas said.
"We had the zone assessed by an RTA vehicle counter which calculated that the frequency of traffic speeding during school zone hours was disturbing."
Trials of flashing lights have found they helped to slow motor- ists by an average of 7km an hour when they entered a school zone.
Two other schools to have lights installed will be Crystal Creek Public School and Modanville Public School. The roll-out of the lights will begin next month.