Liberal Member for South Metropolitan Region Nick Goiran MLC today welcomed the installation and switching on of flashing safety lights at Kent Street Senior High School.
Mr Goiran said the signs were part of the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to make road safety one its top priorities.
“The safety lights are now installed and flashing at Kent Street Senior High School which will increase driver awareness that they had entered a school zone and should reduce their speed accordingly,” Mr Goiran said.
“There is no doubt that these flashing signs will remove any confusion for motorists that they are in a 40km/h speed zone and must slow down and I know these lights will be welcomed by local parents.
“During the election campaign last year, the Liberal Party made a commitment to ensure all Western Australian schools with a school zone would be protected by flashing electronic 40km/h speed signs by 2017. These lights are testament that we are committed to that promise.
“I commend the Liberal-National Government for prioritising the safety of our children.”
The Liberal Federal Member for Swan, Steve Irons who has also given his support to the program said, ‘I have been contacted by constituents in the past about this road who have told me that speeding regularly occurs and it has become perilous to reverse their cars out of their driveways. This has been supported by data collected by the council.
Many families are crossing the road at this point to get to the school and the situation needed to be improved. I am pleased that the Liberal-National Government has been able to deliver some safety infrastructure to this area.’
In November the State Government announced it would install flashing electronic 40km/h speed signs at 66 schools this financial year.
Over the coming months these flashing lights will be installed and switched on and by June 30, 237 school zones will be protected by flashing lights across Western Australia.
“This year’s installation program demonstrates the State Government is committed to installing these signs at every, 40kmh school zone across the State over the next four years,” Transport Minister Dean Nalder said.
“Kent Street Senior High School is one of more than 66 schools to be included in the program this financial year and the Liberal-National Government plans to accelerate the roll out of its electronic flashing speed zone signs in the coming years.”
The State Government has committed $36m to ensure all 1,070 school zones in WA will be covered with these lights (632 in the metropolitan area – 438 in the regions) over the next four years.
The cost of installing these flashing lights, is around $40,000 each.
Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the program was funded through the Road Trauma Trust Account,which uses money from the proceeds of red light and speed camera collections for road safety initiatives.
“This Government decided all red light and speed camera collections would go directly towards improving road safety and the flashing school lights is an important community safety program with these lights protecting WA’s most valuable asset, our children ” Mrs Harvey said.