Elec­tronic sign to sup­port stu­dent safety

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By FREYJA POSTLETHWAITE

EVER­TON Pri­mary School stu­dents have been given a safety boost thanks to a State Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive.

New elec­tronic speed signs have been in­stalled near the school to re­place static signs as part of a $110,000 in­vest­ment.

The so­lar-pow­ered signs will op­er­ate dur­ing school hours to dis­play the 40 kilo­me­tres per hour (kph) speed limit to re­mind driv­ers to slow down as chil­dren will be trav­el­ling through the area.

Sergeant Michael Con­nors of Wan­garatta High­way Pa­trol said he was “hope­ful” the elec­tronic signs would pre­vent mo­torists from speed­ing through the school zone.

“If driv­ers are pay­ing at­ten­tion, they can’t miss the flash­ing lights and it should have a change of be­hav­iour through that area,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one knows the times for school zones and if peo­ple are in doubt they should slow to 40kph.

“This is about keep­ing stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers safe dur­ing those high traffic times.”

Road users who speed in school zones by 10kph or less will re­ceive one de­merit point and a $198 fine, while those speed­ing by be­tween 10kph and 25kph will earn three de­merit points and be fined $317.

Mo­torists trav­el­ling at 65kph or higher in school zones will lose their li­cence.

Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) said the re­duced speed lim­its near schools were de­signed to help chil­dren, the “most vul­ner­a­ble road users”, stay safe.

“Chil­dren can be un­pre­dictable and dif­fi­cult to see, so we urge all driv­ers to stay alert around school zones,” she said.

“Noth­ing is more im­por­tant than keep­ing our kids safe – and these up­grades at Ever­ton will re­mind driv­ers to take ex­tra care and slow down dur­ing school drop-off times.

“We’ve lis­tened to com­mu­nity con­cerns and we’re get­ting on with mak­ing our schools safer.”

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