Next Phase Of Historic Flashing Lights Rollout Begins

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today welcomed the start of flashing light installations under the historic second phase of the rollout by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

Mr Elliott said it was fantastic news for Baulkham Hills as part of the NSW Government’s
commitment to ensure every single school zone in the State gets a set of flashing lights by the end of 2015.

“This is exciting for our school communities as flashing lights slow drivers down in school zones and make the roads safer for our children,” Mr Elliott said.

“First we completed the flashing lights rollout for schools on higher risk roads in NSW including several in Baulkham Hills.

“The second phase, now underway, will roll out flashing lights to more than 1,500 of the remaining schools without flashing lights across the state.

“As part of the rollout which focuses on delivering by Local Government Area’s to ensure
it is cost effective, we will see lights in The Hills Shire in November this year and Parramatta in February 2015.

“From now until December 2015 we will be installing flashing lights at more than 100
schools per month.

“The lights will continue to include back to base technology which ensures they operate consistently and any faults can be addressed quickly.”

“These lights will be retrofitted to existing school zone signs at the main entry point for each school and include flashing lanterns that we know are effective at slowing drivers down.

“This is an exciting milestone, we are installing the flashing lights that Labor couldn’t install in 16 years of government.

“In four and a half years we will have covered all the school zones in NSW and delivered
on an important commitment to parents and families,” Mr Elliott said.

Mr Elliott said flashing lights were just one of many initiatives the Liberal & Nationals Government has introduced to help protect our children and remind motorists to slow down.

“Outside the classroom, we have infrastructure including high visibility signs and ‘40’
pavement markings on all roads with a school zone,” Mr Elliott said.

“Inside classrooms, students are learning critical road safety skills through our road
safety education curriculum including SafetyTown.com.au

“We’ve also got the Speed Adviser app for android and iPhones that uses audio alerts
to inform drivers of operating school zones,” Mr Elliott said.

More information about the flashing lights program is available at roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au