Flashing lights to keep kids safe

Principal of Grafton Public School, Will Randall, centre, and the secretary of the school’s P&C; Association, Rebecca Stanmore with Chris Gulaptis outside the infants campus in Mary St where the flashing lights will be installed. Mr Randall is dressed for the school’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter fundraising day.
Principal of Grafton Public School, Will Randall, centre, and the secretary of the school’s P&C; Association, Rebecca Stanmore with Chris Gulaptis outside the infants campus in Mary St where the flashing lights will be installed. Mr Randall is dressed for the school’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter fundraising day.

GRAFTON Public School is one of 189 schools across the state to receive flashing lights as part of the NSW Government's latest roll-out across school zones.

"This is welcome news for Grafton Public School whose P & C Association has been lobbying for safety improvements in front of its infants campus in Mary St for some time," Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said.

"Traffic has increased in the vicinity of this area over the past few years, as has the number of children using the crossing in Mary St between the school's primary and infants campuses, so I am pleased the Government has acted on this," Mr Gulaptis said.

"These warning lights are about making the school environment as safe as possible for children.

"They complement existing measures that also increase the visibility of school zones such as dragon's teeth and high visibility signage.

"All evidence shows flashing lights in school zones slow down drivers and save lives."

Schools are chosen by the Centre for Road Safety within Transport NSW based on pedestrian and traffic volumes, as well as approach speeds and community concern.

The flashing lights should be in place by next June.

Topics:  chris gulaptis, grafton public school, safety, school zones



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