Electronic sign to support student safety
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.”