Bright idea to keep kids safe

THE state government has announced Leeton Public School will be included in the next roll out of school zone flashing lights.

The installation of the lights is expected to take place between October and June after Leeton Shire Council put together a submission to the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) about the speeding dangers in that area.

Council road safety and traffic officer Sandra Robinson said the area had been identified for many reasons as to why the lights were needed.

"We put a submission to the RMS that showed pedestrian movements, the amount of traffic and how speeding was a major factor in Wade Avenue," she said.

"It is a great thing to have because drivers react to it and slow down.

"Ideally we would like all of our schools in the shire to have these flashing lights."

At present, the only other school zone with the lights is on Yanco Avenue between Gralee School and St Francis College.

There are more than 1032 NSW schools with the government-funded lights.

Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli announced last week the lights would be installed and said they were about making

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school zones as safe as possible for children.

"All the evidence shows flashing lights in school zones slow drivers down and saves lives," he said.

"Flashing lights make a difference in school zones, but drivers should be vigilant anywhere children might be about.

"The lights will be installed on Wade Avenue and will operate automatically between 8am and 2.30pm and 2.30pm on 4pm on school day.

"(They) will operate automatically when school zone speed limits are in force."

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