Liberals again pledge flashing lights for school zones in safety package

Ian Bushnell 9 September 2020 30
Flashing traffic sign

The Canberra Liberals want to see signs like this one from NSW alerting ACT drivers to school zone speed limits. Photo: File.

A Liberal Government will install flashing lights at the start of school zones as part of upgrades to drop-off and pick-up areas designed to calm traffic and improve safety.

The Canberra Liberals will be hoping it is third time lucky for the proposal which it took to the 2012 and 2016 elections.

It is part of package of measures for schools that also reaffirms that the Liberals will restore school bus services cut by the Barr Government in its public transport shake-up.

The Liberals will also provide dedicated crossing supervisors at every school that needs one.

The lights proposal will cost $7.5 million, and $5 million will be allocated to upgrade school drop-off and pick-up zones.

Opposition Leader Alistair Coe said the Liberals were focused on delivering real and practical solutions to reduce stresses on families and improve child safety.

“Our plan for safer school zones will help get kids to and from school safely and give parents greater peace of mind,” Mr Coe said.

Education spokesperson Elizabeth Lee said flashing lights and clear road markings were proven ways to remind drivers to slow down in school zones.

“Most drivers want to do the right thing but may not always know they are driving through a school zone,” she said. ”Flashing lights and clear road markings at school zones will act as a friendly reminder to drivers that they are in a school zone and there may be school children about.

“Flashing lights and road crossing supervisors will help calm our roads at school zones and improve student safety,” Ms Lee said.

All schools in NSW have at least one set of school zone flashing lights, and more have been installed at more than 500 schools that have multiple busy entrances.

Selected schools in the ACT already have crossing supervisors. The program commenced at 20 crossings in 2018, with another five crossings included from the beginning of the 2019 school year.

Candice Burch

Candice Burch said ”parents don’t feel comfortable with their young children waiting around at bus interchanges with strangers”. Photo: File.

Canberra Liberals’ transport spokesperson Candice Burch said families across Canberra wanted to see dedicated school buses returned to the community.

“Many families relied on dedicated school buses to get their kids to schools. That’s why so many of them rearranged their workday to manage school drop off after Labor and the Greens cut dedicated school buses,” she said.

”Parents don’t feel comfortable with their young children waiting around at bus interchanges with strangers.

”That’s why we’re committed to providing dedicated school buses to every school that wants them.”

The government originally cut 51 school services but has since restored some after community feedback.

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30 Responses to Liberals again pledge flashing lights for school zones in safety package
Evahn Derkley Evahn Derkley 12:09 pm 13 Sep 20

I kinda doubt that's not why the libs got in...

    Stephen Esdaile Stephen Esdaile 12:40 pm 13 Sep 20

    I agree, but it is part of the symptom. Libs being Libs won't work in the ACT.

Stephen Esdaile Stephen Esdaile 9:12 pm 12 Sep 20

It hasn't worked two time already..... let's try it again! Liberal logic. 🙄

Stewart Ross Stewart Ross 4:27 pm 12 Sep 20

About time,

Sueanne Matthews Sueanne Matthews 3:39 pm 12 Sep 20

Low hanging fruit appears to be Liberal policy in the ACT

Jane Wilson Jane Wilson 8:54 am 12 Sep 20

About time hopefully they will be installed.

Julia Moore Julia Moore 7:55 am 12 Sep 20

I don’t think they’re necessary as our school zones are consistent from 8 - 4 . They’re needed in other jurisdictions because the school zones only operate for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon so they alert you when they’re in operation . Waste of money in Canberra

Andrew Webber Andrew Webber 7:43 am 12 Sep 20

I want a flashing light to warn me if Alistair Coe is approaching 😄

Jeffrey Brown Jeffrey Brown 6:52 am 12 Sep 20

Wow, so far behind! We even have these in our little bush community.

Nathan Horton Nathan Horton 7:33 pm 11 Sep 20

The liberals are so bad Canberra keep choosing Barr and no one wants him.

Conrado Pengilley Conrado Pengilley 7:04 pm 11 Sep 20

Why aren't they already installed, they're brilliant.

Sue Jameson Sue Jameson 7:03 pm 11 Sep 20

Come on Labor! This is something we all want!

Beth Mansfield Beth Mansfield 6:40 pm 11 Sep 20

But we have actual crossing wardens, which is way better than flashing lights...

Louise Fitzgerald Louise Fitzgerald 5:37 pm 11 Sep 20

Its about the children. If it increases safety for them, then yes.

Mat Barber Mat Barber 5:02 pm 11 Sep 20

I suggested it a while back but was told since all school zones in Canberra are 8 to 4 they thought it was pointless.

Mark Hareb Mark Hareb 4:55 pm 11 Sep 20

Fair enough pledge. No brainer. Keep the roads around school areas safer has my support.

Evelyne Carne Evelyne Carne 4:53 pm 11 Sep 20

If it changed and saved only one child’s life, it’s worth it. I’ve had a brother and a grandchild hit and it changed all our live forever. Bring it on.

Craig Elliott Craig Elliott 4:48 pm 11 Sep 20

This must be done

Paula Simcocks Paula Simcocks 4:39 pm 11 Sep 20

So has it changed to be in line with NSW , not 40 all day?

    Stuart Herring Stuart Herring 11:00 pm 11 Sep 20

    Obviously they should have taken a photo of one of the signs with flashing lights in the ACT that don't exist right now, which is why someone is proposing they add flashing lights...

Stephen Saunders Stephen Saunders 3:54 pm 11 Sep 20

Have your “package of school measures”. With lights. But play fair.

Just landing in my letterbox today is the straight-out Liberal lie that ACT has the “worst school results in Australia”.

One scarcely knows where to begin. But let’s just begin with ACT leading Australia, in the last PISA round.

Clinton Berry Clinton Berry 3:49 pm 11 Sep 20

If you need flashing lights to remind you of a school zone you probably shouldn’t be driving!

NSW has the flashing lights because school zones aren’t 40kph all day.

Waste of money and time in the ACT.

    Clarrie Crawford Clarrie Crawford 6:19 pm 11 Sep 20

    If Flashing lights are required, they should only be on for first hour in morning and pickup in the afternoon

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