SAFETY ENHANCED FOR STUDENTS AT PENRITH AND EMU PLAINS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the announcement that safety for students at Penrith Public School and Emu Plains Public School will be strengthened each with one of 88 new school crossing supervisors to soon be appointed.
Stuart Ayres said Penrith and Emu Plains Public Schools are two of 80 schools across the state preparing to welcome a new school crossing supervisor as part of the NSW Government’s plan to fast track the appointment of 300 new school crossing supervisors within three years.
“These appointments have been made possible thanks to the Government’s $18.5 million commitment to increasing student safety around schools. These new crossing supervisors will monitor children as they walk to and from school,” said Stuart Ayres.
“We look forward to welcoming our new school crossing supervisors over coming week’s months as they join more than 1200 others across the state helping to keep primary school students safe.”
Stuart Ayres said schools were invited to apply for a supervisor before the end of Term 1 and 80 schools were successful.
Other measures to keep kids safe include reduced speed limits in school zones as well as high visibility safety treatments like signs, “dragon teeth” road markings and flashing lights.
“We have seen an increase in traffic around schools in the past few months as many parents choose to drive their children to and from school as a way of maintaining social distancing,” Stuart Ayres said.
“Most school zones are in effect from 8:00-9:30am and 2:30 – 4:00pm. I am reminding all motorists to watch their speed and slow down when entering an active school zone, or when you see bus lights flash. This means children are nearby. Those who don’t obey the rules are putting lives at risk and face heavy fines and loss of demerit points.”
Higher fines and demerit points apply within school zones, and the Speed Advisor app is available to alert drivers when they enter an active school zone.
The Centre for Road Safety also provides road safety educational activities for teachers to use in the classroom and for families to share with their children at home on the Safety Town website https://www.safetytown.com.au/
For more information about the School Crossing Supervisor program please visit: roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/schools/schoolcrossingsupervisorprogram.html