Hills MPs David Elliott and Dominic Perrottet today welcomed the release of the NSW Government’s new smartphone app, that includes alerts motorists are about to enter a school zone.
Mr Elliott said the best advice to motorists in the Hills to avoid a speeding fine was not to speed but for those wanting additional reminders the new app would literally warn them with an audio alert.
“For those motorists who don’t see school zone signs or flashing lights there is now the ‘Speed Adviser’ App which will literally tell you via an audio warning that you are entering a school zone,” Mr Elliott said.
“It is the only app of its kind and is available free from the App Store with an Android version also in development for release soon.
“The App also alerts drivers when a speed limit changes and warns drivers if they exceed the speed limit.
“Motorists in the Hills can set it before they leave and it will provide audio alerts. There is no need to interact with the app at all while driving, in line with laws applying to mobile phones and GPS devices.
School zone safety has reached another historic milestone with the NSW Government also calling for tenders to build the new flashing lights that will be rolled out to all schools in NSW still waiting for a set.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has been rolling out flashing lights at almost 3 times the rate of the previous government,” Mr Perrottet said.
“By the end of 2015 every single school in NSW including those in the Hills will have a set of flashing lights installed.
“The new model of lights will have essential safety features such as back-to-base technology to allow for pro-active maintenance and remote adjustment.
“Our road safety experts have started working with schools and community groups to ensure the flashing lights will be installed at the location where they will provide the biggest safety benefit.
“We also have a new online map for parents and schools that will show the status of every single school in the Hills under the flashing lights program.
“People can log onto www.roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au to search for their school.
“This is an exciting resource for those school communities in the Hills counting down the days until they receive their own set of flashing lights.”