NSW Government launches new App for school zones

The state government has launched a new smartphone app which alerts motorists about to enter a school zone.

Local MPs Matt Kean (Hornsby), Dominic Perrottet (Castle Hill) and David Elliott (Baulkham Hills) has welcomed the new app.

Mr Kean said the best advice to was not to speed, but for those wanting additional reminders the new app will warn motorists with an audio alert.

‘‘For those motorists who don’t see school zone signs or flashing lights there is now the ‘Speed Adviser’ App which will literally tell you via an audio warning that you are entering a school zone,’’ Mr Kean said. 

‘‘This is the only app of its kind and is available free from the App Store with an Android version also in development for release soon.” 

The App also alerts drivers when a speed limit changes and warns drivers if they exceed the speed limit. 

Motorists can set the app before they leave and this will provide audio alerts. There is no need to interact with the app at all while driving, in line with laws applying to mobile phones and GPS devices. 

Mr Kean said school zone safety has reached another historic milestone with the NSW Government also calling for tenders to build the new flashing lights that will be rolled out to all schools in NSW still waiting for a set. 

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has been rolling out flashing lights at almost 3 times the rate of the previous government,” Mr Kean said. 

“By the end of 2015 every single school in NSW including those throughout the Hornsby electorate will have a set of flashing lights installed.” 

The new model of lights will have essential safety features such as back-to-base technology to allow for pro-active maintenance and remote adjustment. 

“Our road safety experts have started working with schools and community groups to ensure the flashing lights will be installed at the location where they will provide the biggest safety benefit,” Mr Kean said. 

A new online map is available for parents and schools that will show the status of every single school under the flashing lights program. 

To search for your local school log onto www.roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au

School zone safety has reached another historic milestone with the NSW Government also calling for tenders to build the new flashing lights that will be rolled out to all schools in NSW still waiting for a set. 

‘‘The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has been rolling out flashing lights at almost three times the rate of the previous government,’’ Mr Perrottet said. 

‘‘By the end of 2015 every single school in NSW including those in the Hills will have a set of flashing lights installed.’’

Mr Elliott said the new model of lights will have essential safety features such as back-to-base technology to allow for pro-active maintenance and remote adjustment. 

‘‘Our road safety experts have started working with schools and community groups to ensure the flashing lights will be installed at the location where they will provide the biggest safety benefit,’’ he said. 

Tenders for the flashing lights are to be lodged online using Roads and Maritime Services e-tender service by 2.30pm on Monday (February 10).

More information on the tender for installation of flashing lights: school.zone.alert.system@rms.nsw.gov.au.

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