Lighting way to safety

East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher and Inglewood Primary School principal Lesley Bell with Aileen Johnson in the background with Ruby Johnson (5) and Joshua Hawkins (5).
East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher and Inglewood Primary School principal Lesley Bell with Aileen Johnson in the background with Ruby Johnson (5) and Joshua Hawkins (5).

Inglewood Pre-Primary is among 73 WA schools scheduled to receive the flashing signs in the 2014-15 year.

Parent Aileen Johnson organised a petition to have the signs installed after a number of crashes and near misses near the school on Hamer Parade.

East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher submitted the petition with 400 signatures to the State Government earlier this year and said the number of signatures showed there was a clear need in the community for the signs.

‘There is nothing more important than these kids,’ Mrs Faragher said. ‘These signs will be a reminder to drivers that they are entering a school zone.’

Ms Johnson said the small school often went unnoticed by passing cars because there was not a lot of signage.

‘Some people don’t realise there is a school here so it is important that we highlight the school zone,’ Ms Johnson said.

Principal Lesley Bell said she hoped the signs would be installed this year but it was ‘better late than never’.

‘Donna has been instrumental in getting the signs and Aileen’s been a champion of the school,’ she said.

Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the electronic school zone signs were a high-profile reminder for motorists to slow down around children. ‘Children are our most vulnerable road users and it is the responsibility of every road user to take care and slow down near schools,’ she said.

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