Flash new warning lights installed
FLASHING lights warning drivers of 40km/h limits will be installed in Swanbourne, Nedlands and City Beach schools in 2014/15 in the State Government’s four-year, $36 million rollout of the signs.
Announcing LED lights for 73 WA schools last week, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said City Beach Primary School and Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School in City Beach, North Cottesloe Primary School, Nedlands’ Hollywood Primary School and Scotch College, Swanbourne would get the warning systems in the next 12 months.
“The installations in the current financial year, costing $2.8 million, will be at metropolitan schools to ensure any glitches encountered can be rectified quickly,” Mr Nalder said.
Each set of the solar-powered lights costs about $40,000, and will be linked to an operations centre at Main Roads so faults can be reported.
The Government plans to have the lights at 1071 schools by 2017.
“Children are our most vulnerable road users and it is the responsibility of every road user to take care and slow down near schools,” Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said.
Churchlands MLA Sean L’Estrange said it was important for local schools to fight for the installation of electronic speed zone signs.
“I am very pleased that we have succeeded and received a positive outcome for these local schools,” Mr L’Estrange said.
“Marapana Road, City Beach, was listed as one of the top 10 metropolitan school zones for speeding drivers in 2013.
“The installation of these signs at City Beach Primary School, Holy Rosary Primary and Holy Spirit Primary should increase the awareness of motorists that they are passing a school and remind them that they need to drive more slowly and take more care.”
The new sign at Holy Spirit Catholic Pr School.