40km/hr LED Signs for 2 more schools in the area

13 August 2014

The Liberal Member for Ocean Reef Albert Jacob today welcomed the latest rollout of electronic flashing signs for another 73 Western Australian schools.

The solar powered signs flash the school zone speed limit of 40km/h on schools days during student drop-off and pick-up times.

Mr Jacob said that electronic flashing 40km/h speed signs would be installed at Beaumaris Primary School and Prendiville Catholic College in the Ocean Reef electorate in the 2014/15 financial year.

The installation program is part of 73 school sites through the Perth metropolitan area announced recently by Transport Minister Dean Nalder.

“A total of $2.8million is being spent this financial year to further roll out this very important community safety program,” Mr Jacob said.

“The cost of installing a typical electronic school zone, or ESZ, is $40,000, with annual costs of about $5,000 to run and maintain these devices. So far, 235 schools have had flashing 40km/h signs installed in their school zones.

“Beaumaris Primary School and Prendiville Catholic College are two of more than 1,070 schools to receive ESZ signs by 2017.

“Funding has come from the WA Road Trauma Trust Account, which derives its money from the proceeds of speed  and red light  camera collections.

“There is no doubt that these flashing signs remove any confusion for motorists that they are in a 40km/h speed zone and must slow down accordingly.

“The program also honours the Liberal Party’s 2013 pre-election commitment to have all schools fitted with ESZ signs.”

Most State school zones operate between 7.30am and 9am and from 2.30pm to 4pm on school days.