Monday May 14, 2012
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies today announced flashing lights have been installed at St Clair Public School to increase school zone pedestrian safety.
"These new lights are a part of the installations announced in earlier this year," Mrs Davies said.
"Flashing lights slow motorists down around schools and warn them they are approaching a school – this is great news for St Clair Public School.
"The lights have been installed on Timesweep Drive and will operate automatically between 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm and 4pm on school days during term time," Mrs Davies said.
The lights operate automatically when school zone speed limits are in force and increase drivers’ awareness of school zones.
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 kilometers an hour when they enter a school zone.
By the end of June 2012 there will be more than 820 flashing light school zones across the state covering more than 990 schools.
This is more than a quarter of all the schools in NSW.
The NSW Government has committed $13 million to deliver flashing lights to an additional 540 school zones across four years.
The full list of installed sites is available on the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) website, and is regularly updated.
Flashing lights are one component of the NSW Government’s school road safety program.
Other measures include marked foot crossings, dragon’s teeth markings, traffic lights, pedestrian refuges and an extensive school road safety education program.
RMS will contact local residents and schools affected by the installation of the lights.