Local schools crossings boost

The areas around three Ku-ring-gai schools have just been made safer with a number of initiatives designed to enhance student safety.

As part of a $10 million programme on school zone safety, upgrades to pedestrian infrastructure at 140 schools as well as extra school zone flashing lights to more than 500 schools around the state have been earmarked for completion.

As part of the state government’s $10 million programme, there have been pedestrian upgrades at Pymble Ladies’ College, Turramurra Public School and Turramurra North Public School which all got raised crossings, while Waitara Public School received new fencing.

“We all have a role to play when it comes to pedestrian safety, particularly safety around schools,” said Ku-ring-gai MP Alister Henskens.

“PLC, Turramurra North, Turramurra Public and Waitara Public children will be a little safer walking near their school thanks to the fact Ku-ring-gai has shared in this funding.”

Mr Henskens said that although there have been no school-aged pedestrian deaths in active school zones since December 2013, drivers should not become complacent.

“Roads and children can be a dangerous mix, which is why we are investing in making school zones as safe as possible to reduce the risk of tragedy.

“We can all play our part in keeping our kids safe by sticking to school zone speed limits and constantly keeping an eye out for children who might run out onto the road unexpectedly.”

The number of pedestrian deaths in NSW so far this year stands at 41, which is 12 more than the same time last year.

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