Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Improving road safety at schools


Scott Simpson
MP For Coromandel

Improving road safety at schools


With schools re-opening across the Coromandel from this week, National MP Scott Simpson has welcomed the announcement of two new variable speed limit signs to improve road safety for children and their families.

The signs will be located at Opoutere School north of Whangamata and at Tirohia School south of Paeroa. The electronic signs allow a reduced speed limit to be put in place near the schools during the peak drop-off and collection times.

“The signs target high speed areas. Seven sites are already being trialled around the country including Whenuakite School in the eastern Coromandel which was selected specifically because of concerns expressed by the community.”

“I am delighted the Associate Transport Minister has decided to add 16 further sites by the end of the year, including two in the Coromandel. This will be a great relief for parents and caregivers at Opoutere and Tirohia schools,” Mr Simpson said.

The NZTA’s evaluation of the trial has shown the initiative has been effective in reducing vehicle speeds both before and after school and in improving driver behaviour around schools. The roll-out of the new signs is part of major strategy to improve road safety at schools which will see every rural school assessed over the next few years.

“Working in partnership with the Ministry of Education, local councils and the Police, the NZTA will examine the degree of road safety risk and prioritise all other rural and peri-urban schools and identify actions needed to improve safety at the highest risk schools.


“This will be a comprehensive assessment with a huge amount of community input which will really give the NZTA a realistic picture of what schools are facing. I think this is a fantastic initiative being taken by the Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges and I would urge everyone on the Coromandel to take part in the consultation process when it begins later this year,” said Mr Simpson.

Further information on the speed management trials is available at www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/rural-school-speed-management-trial
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

3-Year Transport Plan: No Plans On Six Northland-Election Bridges

The Transport Authority’s decision to fund only four of the 10 bridges promised in National’s shameless Northland by-election bribe is a huge embarrassment for Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

Family Violence: Increasing Reporting But Fewer Resolutions

“We are aware the Police have embarked on a significant programme of change in how they respond to family violence. The data suggests that adequate resourcing including investing in staff training, support and culture change will be required for this to be effective.” More>>

ALSO:

Health: NZ Children Still Suffer Rickets From Lack Of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. More>>

Also GPs, Housing, Milk: PM Press Conference On The UN Security Council

In a press conference today the Prime Minister discussed the upcoming appointment of New Zealand to chair the UN Security Council. He said they would put pressure Asad in Syria and attempt to “jump start” negotiations between Israel and Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: State Houses Could Sell To Overseas Groups

Bill English’s admission that he would sell hundreds of New Zealand’s state houses to the Australians is the latest lurch in the Government’s stumbling, half-baked housing policy, Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

AND:

Gordon Campbell: On Climate Change Protest, And Iraq Training

For sheer style, humour and content fit for purpose, it would be hard to beat the Greenpeace protest at Parliament. The fact that the hanging of functioning solar panels from Parliament Buildings caused such spluttering outrage among fogeys old (David Carter) and young (David Seymour) added a Monty Python level of amusement to the whole event. More>>

ALSO:

Speech: Bill English Explains NZ Government To Australia

Here I am part of a successful government, now into its third term and hopefully with more to come. I want to offer some thoughts tonight about the business of government, from a centre-right perspective. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news