School zones slow­ing Speed signs light­ing way


TERM four will have a much safer start for Palmer­ston school­child­ren as the Elec­tronic Speed Light Signs project con­tin­ues to un­roll to schools across the sub­urbs.

Bakewell Pri­mary, Du­rack Pri­mary, Moulden Park and Sa­cred Heart Catholic Pri­mary schools have been the first re­cip­i­ents of the pro­gram which has had $100,000 in­vested into it by Palmer­ston coun­cil.

Palmer­ston Mayor Athina Pas­coe-Bell said chil­dren had to be front of mind when it came to road safety, par­tic­u­larly around schools.

“Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the safety of our road net­works. That’s why we are im­ple­ment­ing this project to pro­vide a safer en­vi­ron­ment for mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans, in­clud­ing chil­dren, our most vul­ner­a­ble road users, as they travel to and from school,” Ms Pas­coe-Bell said.

“I also take this op­por­tu­nity to re­mind driv­ers that school’s in on Mon­day and there will be kids about, so please slow down and be ex­tra care­ful around school zones.”

The North­ern Ter­ri­tory Gov­ern­ment has matched coun­cil’s $100,000 in­vest­ment with stud­ies show­ing the project has seen re­duc­tions of more than 8km/h af­ter driv­ers pass through the speed signs.

Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture, Plan­ning and Lo­gis­tics Eva Lawler said gov­ern­ment in­vest­ments in Palmer­ston were prov­ing worth­while and were help­ing the city to de­velop.

“This is the first of a se­ries of cap­i­tal grants for Palmer­ston, which will en­able the city coun­cil to fast-track lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture projects – cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ter­ri­to­ri­ans,” she said.

“Palmer­ston is the fastest grow­ing city in the Ter­ri­tory and our gov­ern­ment is de­liv­er­ing on the in­fra­struc­ture needed for it to be a safe, vi­brant com­mu­nity.

“We promised Palmer­ston a new po­lice sta­tion and have de­liv­ered on that prom­ise and these smaller projects are just an­other way we are en­hanc­ing the safety of our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The re­main­ing 12 school cross­ings in Palmer­ston will be tended to within two years.

Palmer­ston Mayor Athina Pas­coe-Bell, Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture, Plan­ning and Lo­gis­tics Eva Lawler and Al­der­man Lucy Buhr with mem­bers of the Du­rack Pri­mary com­mu­nity. The school has re­cently had Elec­tronic Speed Light Signs in­stalled at its school cross­ing

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