Flash new warn­ing lights in­stalled

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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.

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