High-visibility flashing school zone signs are a welcome addition on the highway at Ulmarra.
High-visibility flashing school zone signs are a welcome addition on the highway at Ulmarra.

Motorists see the light at Ulmarra


IF you drive along the Pacific Highway about 8am this week it is hard to miss the fluorescent glow notifying drivers they are approaching Ulmarra Public School.

The high-visibility flashing school zone signs were installed last month and began operation this week after a three-year trial at 43 schools throughout the State.

Principal Sandra Armstrong said both teachers and parents were extremely pleased the lights had been installed.

"It is technology at it's best ... it's great when you get technology like this to help make our children safe," she said.

Mrs Armstrong said the impact of the signs has been visible during the first week of school.

"Having those signs is a very visible reminder to motorists they have to slow down and be prepared to stop," she said.

Mrs Armstrong said the large amount of heavy traffic that passed by the school was a major concern for parents, teachers and the RTA.

"Sometimes the buildings at the front of the school shake when B-Doubles pass," she said.

Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal said the devices were among three road safety experts had to choose from.

"School zones have been selected on a safety criteria including traffic and pedestrian volumes, crash history and crash risk."

An RTA spokesperson said the lights were one of 100 high visibility warning devices installed across the state in selected school zones.

The lights will be evalu- ated by the RTA.



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