New school zone flashing light will be installed across the Riverstone electorate

LIGHTING UP: Rivestone MP has announced the installation of extra school zone flashing lights at a number of schools in the electorate. Picture: Supplied

LIGHTING UP: Rivestone MP has announced the installation of extra school zone flashing lights at a number of schools in the electorate. Picture: Supplied

The installation of extra school zone flashing lights will help boost the safety of students and their families around Riverstone schools.

Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly announced the new lights would be installed at Hambledon Public School, Glenwood High School, Riverstone Public School and St John XXIII Stanhope Gardens.

Mr Conolly said the program is part of the government’s $10 million boost to school zone safety. 

“This is a big win for schools in this community. There’s nothing more important than making sure our kids are safe, especially when they are making their way to and from school,” Mr Conolly said.

“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.”

The program will include $5 million for the additional lights and $5 million for pedestrian safety infrastructure like raised pedestrian crossings around schools.

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.

The program has now been completed with more than 1700 schools across the state receiving a set of flashing lights by the end of 2015.

Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said that all NSW schools have prominent signs including ‘40’ pavement patches and ‘dragon’s teeth’ road markings to improve school zone visibility and as a reminder drivers. 

“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,” Mr Carlon said.

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

The program, which will be completed in July, is running on time and under budget allowing for the installation of the extra lights at these school zones.