Calls are being made to install flashing lights in school speed zones to remind motorists to slow down. Photo: CHRIS RIX 06020
Calls are being made to install flashing lights in school speed zones to remind motorists to slow down. Photo: CHRIS RIX 06020

Switch on flashing lights now



AS students across the Coffs Coast return to the classroom for another year, the member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has again called upon the Government to install flashing lights in speed zones outside schools.

Mr Fraser said flashing lights were particularly important in reminding motorists that a school speed zone was in operation, especially after a long school holiday period.

School zones typically operated between 8am until 9.30am and between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on school days.

New research shows that one in six drivers in New South Wales admit they often ignore speed limits such as those around schools.

"There are kindergarten-age children starting school, and children and drivers just fresh back from holidays who may need reminding to take care and to drive to speed zones," Mr Fraser said.

"Last year the NSW Coalition committed to installing flashing lights at NSW schools, starting with schools with the most dangerous traffic conditions.

"Many drivers ignore or are unaware they are entering a school zone. Flashing lights provide certainty for motorists who are often confused whether the zone is operational and reduce the risk of injury for school children."



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