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Cootamundra electorate students safer than ever in 2016

Member for Cootamundra and Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW, Katrina Hodgkinson today announced an historic road safety milestone has been achieved with more than 2,400 school zone flashing lights having been installed since 2011 meaning every eligible school in NSW is now covered – including those in Cootamundra electorate.

“As students return to school after the holidays, we’re pleased to announce they will be even safer around the school grounds, with an historic road safety milestone met at the end of last year,”   Katrina said.

“We’ve met our commitment in full - more than 2,400 school zone flashing lights have been installed since 2011 meaning every eligible school in NSW is now covered.

“Children are some of the most vulnerable people on the road and we know that flashing lights slow motorists down in school zones.

“That is why we committed to covering every school in NSW with a set of school zone flashing lights by the end of 2015, making the start of this school year safer than ever before.”

“Crews spent the 18 months to December 2015 rolling out flashing lights for every identified school.

“During the peak of the rollout, crews were delivering lights at an unprecedented rate, completing around 150 locations per month.

“From now on, if a new school is established at a location without an existing set of flashing lights, Roads and Maritime Services will deliver the lights when they install a new school zone.

“What’s more, with this phase of the flashing lights program finished, we can now focus on rolling out additional flashing lights for around 400 schools with multiple busy entrances, as we announced in June 2015.”

Flashing lights remind motorists of the 40km/h speed limit, which applies from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm on gazetted school days.

The flashing lights rollout was funded by the Community Road Safety Fund, which redirects fines from speed cameras into road safety initiatives.

School locations can change and new schools may open, so if a school in your local area needs to be considered, let us know: roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au

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