More ru­ral schools in line for trial

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Ru­ral Women New Zealand has cause to cel­e­brate ‘‘back to school’’ this year as two ru­ral safety ini­tia­tives it has been pro­mot­ing get the green light.

‘‘We have been ad­vo­cat­ing for safer speeds around ru­ral schools for sev­eral years and are thrilled that vari­able speed lim­its are to be ex­tended . . . af­ter the success of a trial at seven ru­ral schools in 2012, said Ru­ral Women na­tional pres­i­dent Liz Evans.

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency said the trial re­sulted in im­proved driver be­hav­iour and re­duced speeds around the schools that took part and the trial will be ex­tended to 23 sites by the end of 2013.

The vari­able speed limit is set at 70kmh past schools in 100kmh zones, and 60kmh for schools in 80kmh ar­eas.

Am­is­field School in Toko­roa will be in the trial.

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