RRV Operations Manager (Northern) Matt Gard said a $378,000 project will increase safety at Maiden Gully, Epsom and St Joseph’s Primary Schools by prompting drivers to obey school zone speed limits.
From Tuesday, electronic signs and a new speed limit will replace existing signage on the Calder Highway in Maiden Gully, warning drivers to slow from 80km/h to 40km/h during school times and making the previously 60km/h school zone significantly safer.
“These improvements will make pick-up and drop-off safer and easier for local students and families.
“Pedestrians are among our most vulnerable road users and crashes involving children around schools happen quickly. Reducing your speed to 40 km/h can make a big difference when you are trying to stop suddenly”
“With kids back in class across our region please drive carefully, pay extra attention and obey reduced speed limits outside all schools.”
Students at St Joseph’s Primary School will also have a safer walk to class with new signs near the Russell Street crossing in Quarry Hill, boosting safety on the busy single lane each way road.
While Epsom Primary School kids will see new electronic signage installed on Howard Street reminding drivers to slow from 60km/h to 40km/h.
Speed limits drop to either 40km/h or 60km/h in the mornings between 8:00 to 9:30am and the afternoons from 2:30 to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday in school zones.
The project is part of the Victorian Government’s $5 million school road safety package which delivers upgrades aimed at improving high-risk roads near local schools.