Westlawn Preschool director Fiona Funnell and Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell with the influx of parents into the centre yesterday morning. Mr Cansdell is pushing for 40km/h speed zones around preschools.
Westlawn Preschool director Fiona Funnell and Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell with the influx of parents into the centre yesterday morning. Mr Cansdell is pushing for 40km/h speed zones around preschools.

Call to protect with 40kmh zones

MEMBER for Clarence Steve Cansdell reckons it’s not just school-aged kids that should be protected by 40km/h zones.

Under current legislation, 40km/h speed zones are only displayed near infants, primary and high schools.

However, Mr Cansdell is campaigning to have that changed.

“I believe preschools should come under the same legislation as other schools,” Mr Cansdell said.

“It’s discriminatory not including preschools under road safety measures which already protect older kids.

“Kids shouldn’t wait until their sixth birthday for cars to slow down for them.”

Mr Cansdell said children’s lives were in danger.

The proposal was well received by Westlawn Preschool director Fiona Funnell, who backed Mr Cansdell’s call.

“When parents drop their kids off at preschools, they often have other children with them,” she said.

“You watch them get out of the car to assist their kids and most of the time they will have a baby or toddler with them who needs to be restrained in a stroller.

“While parents are assisting one child, anything can happen to their other children.

“Young children, especially those of preschool ages, can be very unpredictable and they don’t have road sense.

“Introducing a 40km/h speed restriction in preschool zones would make these areas much safer for both parents and their children.”

Mr Cansdell said he was committed to seeing this through.

“If there is a change of government, he will be implementing this policy,” Mr Cansdell said.



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