Making roads safer at primary schools

Making roads safer at primary schools
Shuqun Primary School pupils walking along the road outside their school in Jurong West St 51. Shuqun Primary, as well as the other nine schools in the pilot such as Canberra and Ngee Ann Primary, were selected because they are representative of some of the common traffic challenges faced by schools.

SINGAPORE - A series of road safety initiatives will be rolled out to 10 primary schools as a pilot from the first quarter of next year, before being extended to other schools progressively, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Thursday.

One of the initiatives will see the speed limit on roads fronting the 10 schools lowered to 40kmh during school hours. Outside of these hours, the road speed limit will revert to the existing speed limit, which is generally 50kmh.

Motorists will be alerted to slow down by a 40kmh speed limit sign and a "When Lights Flash" supplementary sign. Flashing amber lights will be switched on during the period motorists must keep to the lower speed limit.

Other initiatives, according to the individual school's needs, will include road markings, road humps and dividers. The schools in the pilot include Shuqun Primary, Canberra Primary, Ngee Ann Primary and Ang Mo Kio Primary.

They were selected because they are representative of some of the common traffic challenges faced by schools.

The measures were introduced by the LTA - which reviewed the School Zone scheme to enhance road safety for students.

The Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Committee (PCSC), an inter-agency panel, recommended the measures. The panel, which includes the Traffic Police and Education Ministry, was set up earlier this year to pay special attention to the needs of the elderly and school children.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who chairs the PCSC, said these new initiatives are "part of our continued efforts to improve road safety".

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