Back to school safety

A new school year starts this week and it’s an exciting time for parents to see our children back at school.

It’s a time for our children to meet up with their friends again and learn new things. It’s an especially exciting time for those starting high school and for our youngest taking their first day of big school in kindergarten.

To help ensure our children stay safe, drivers are reminded to please slow down around school zones and near school buses.

Remember that school zones are 40km/h and are in place to protect our children on their way to and from school.

Council puts mobile speed radar display signs on local streets that are near schools to improve road safety. The speed radar display signs bring awareness to drivers of their speed and encourages them to slow down.

More recently, Council installed speed radar display signs on Meadows Road, Mount Pritchard; Walworth Road, Horsley Park and Allambie Road, Edensor Park. We will also be installing speed radar display signs in other areas.

Council is always looking at ways to improve road safety around school zones, including providing more footpaths and crossings. We have a dedicated $175,000 in funds from car parking fees this year, which will go toward improvements including upgrading an existing crossing on Vale Street, close to Lansvale Public School.

Council will continue to tackle hotspots and address speeding concerns that are raised by the community. We all need to take care on the road and slow down.

I wish all our school aged children and their families a happy, safe and positive start to the 2019 school year.

Mayor Carbone Road Safety

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