Coe Calls On Assembly To Support Safer Schools

ACT Shadow Transport Services Minister Alistair Coe will today call on the Legislative Assembly to endorse the Canberra Liberals’ policy to deliver flashing lights for every school zone in the ACT.

“Flashing school zone signs are a simple way of reminding drivers to slow down in school zones and I urge the Assembly to support their installation in the ACT,” Mr Coe said.

“The Australian Road Research Board found that flashing lights in school zones were effective in reducing vehicle speed outside schools during the operation of the 40 km/hr school speed zone.

“The NRMA stated that a motorist’s awareness of school zones and ability to comply with the speed limit had been significantly improved where flashing lights have been installed, with positive implications for road safety.

“The NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People believes that every school in NSW should have a flashing light warning system in place so that all children enjoy the same level of protection.

“The Federation of Parents and Citizens’ Associations of New South Wales said flashing lights remind drivers of the presence of a school in the area and therefore the presence of students as pedestrians.

“This is a good policy, based on strong evidence. It’s part of our commitment to prioritise the basic local services Canberrans expect from their local government.

“If the Assembly votes against today’s motion, they are voting against the safety of children, and against giving parents extra assurance and peace of mind,” Mr Coe concluded.