Today I welcome the annoucement of a $10 million package to improve safety for our most vulnerable road users – children around schools. Schools in the Heathcote Electorate have been a major beneficiary of the NSW Government’s rollout of flashing lights to every school in the state, but we know more needs to be done and that’s why we are committing an additional $5 million for flashing lights outside at least 400 schools with multiple entrances.
By giving schools with multiple entrances an additional set of flashing lights, we are providing more warning to drivers to slow down and watch for children and pedestrians. We will work with the Centre for Road Safety; delivering new school flashing lights at those schools the Centre determines have the greatest need based on an independent risk assessment.
In addition, $5 million will go towards delivering vital school zone safety works across the state, like raised zebra crossings, safe drop off zones, pedestrian refuges, and better signage. We know the more infrastructure improvements we make in school zones, the safer our kids are.
To protect our children in school zones, we want to make them more visible, and provide them with a safe environment to walk to school.
The NSW Government had invested more than $900 million towards road safety during its first term of government as part of the NSW Community Road Safety Fund. This historic investment has allowed us to fast track the rollout of school flashing lights, and ensures that more than 1,000 school crossing supervisors watch over the safety of our children across the state. As a result of our $32.5 million investment in school flashing lights during our first term of government, every school in NSW will have a set of flashing lights by the end of this year.
This package of works builds on our successful program by providing more flashing lights, more pedestrian crossings, safer locations for parents to drop off their kids, and a safer journey to school.