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Flashing lights for Thirroul school

THIRROUL Public is one of 189 schools throughout the state which will benefit from the latest rollout of flashing warning lights.

NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said the Government has accelerated of the flashing lights.

“The NSW Government has a $17 million commitment to rollout more flashing lights over the next three years,” he said.

The Thirroul lights are expected to be installed in Phillip Street by June 2013.

Schools are chosen by the Centre for Road Safety within Transport for NSW based on pedestrian and traffic volumes, as well as approach speeds and community concern.

Mr Gay said schools said evidence shows flashing lights in school zones slow down drivers and save lives.

“Flashing lights complement existing measures that also increase the visibility of school zones such as dragon’s teeth and high visibility signage,” he said.

At the end of July, there were Government-funded flashing lights installed in 872 school zones in NSW.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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