Education Roads | October 22, 2019

Keeping our kids safe

After years of campaigning with the local community, the Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy says that while it is fantastic news two major school crossings in Horsham will have flashing electronic speed signs installed, there are many more crossings still in urgent need of upgrading.

“Confirmation of these safety upgrades is wonderful news for the local community,” Ms Kealy said.

“There are a number of other school communities around Lowan however that remain extremely concerned about the dangers posed by insufficient warning signals at school crossings in their local area.

“These include school crossing points on the Hamilton Highway at both Penshurst Primary School and Tarrington Lutheran School, on the Western Highway at Nhill and Kaniva and in Sheils Terrace, Casterton for Sacred Heart Primary School students.

“Local police have told me they are actively policing these areas during school times to help slow traffic down but they can’t be there every day.

“A reduced speed limit and better warning signals to alert drivers of the upcoming school crossings similar to those announced for Horsham must be installed at these crossings as a matter of urgency.

“The lives of our children are too important to ignore this significant safety risk which can be solved by a relatively small investment by the state government.

“I have been proud to support these two Horsham school communities, who have been tireless in their efforts to fight for the safety of their students.

“While it should never have taken years for such important road safety improvements, they never gave up and I congratulate them on the success of their campaigns.

“I urge the Minister to prioritise funding for these other five local school communities to ensure these essential road safety upgrades are undertaken as quickly as possible.”

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