Local children benefit from new raised crossings around schools

Monday, 06 August 2018

Jonathan O’Dea, announced today that the Davidson electorate has benefited from a $10 million program to boost safety in school zones. The project includes pedestrian infrastructure upgrades at 140 schools as well as additional school zone flashing lights at more than 500 schools around the state.

KEY POINTS

  • The $5 million pedestrian safety infrastructure program provided grants of up to $50,000 to local councils to upgrade or install additional safety infrastructure on local roads around schools.
  • $5 million was invested in additional school zone flashing lights at 504 school zones around the state. 
  • Children attending Lindfield Public School and Roseville College have benefited from new raised crossings.

“We all have a role to play when it comes to pedestrian safety, particularly when it comes to the safety around schools. Lindfield Public School and Roseville College children will be a little safer walking near their schools thanks to our area sharing in this funding,” Mr O’Dea said

Mr O’Dea said although there have been no school aged pedestrian deaths in active school zones since December 2013, drivers should not become complacent.

“Roads and children can be a dangerous mix, which is why we are investing in making school zones as safe as possible,” said Mr O’Dea.

“School children are some of the most vulnerable people using the roads so programs such as school zone flashing lights, pedestrian crossings and fencing to keep children safe, are imperative.

“We can all play our part to keep our kids safe by sticking to school zone speed limits and keeping an eye out for children who might run onto the road unexpectedly,” Mr O’Dea concluded.

The number of pedestrian deaths in NSW so far this year stands at 41, which is 12 more than the same time last year.