New flashing lights have been installed in the Muswellbrook High School area, improving student safety and driver awareness.
Dave Layzell, Nationals member for Upper Hunter, said the government was investing in signage improvements as part of the NSW School Zone Flashing Lights scheme.
“The safety of all road users is a top priority for the NSW Government, and since 2011 State Government NSW Nationals have ensured that every school in NSW has at least one set of lights turn signals,” Layzell said.
“Flashing school zone lights remind road users to slow down when approaching schools, illuminating when students are out in large numbers.
“Research shows that flashing signs have improved driver awareness and helped reduce vehicle speeds in school zones.
“We engaged Ventia to provide these upgrades, which included replacing existing signs with new flashing school zone lights on Bell and Victoria streets.”
Nationals Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway said the flashing lights were just one of the measures NSW Nationals in the state government are implementing to keep students safe across NSW.
“From installing flashing lights in all schools in NSW to providing raised zebra crossings and pedestrian islands, our government is making sure our students are safe on their way to school,” said Mr. Farraway.
“We have invested $18.5 million in providing 300 additional school crossing supervisors in New South Wales to help students cross the road and the rural and regional bus seat belt program of the NSW. New South Wales has provided a safer route to and from school for over 200,000 students.
“This program was extended earlier this year to 100 school buses in the Singleton, Cessnock, Maitland and Port Stephens area, providing parents with more comfort knowing their children are better protected on the way to school. .”