Electronic School Zone Sign Program

Creating a safer environment for our most vulnerable road users

 

School zones across the state are currently designated by static speed signs.

Although these signs show the required speed limit, motorists aren’t always aware if they are travelling within the time periods shown or during the dates that schools operate. Electronic School Zone Sign

To address this issue and improve safety for our most vulnerable road users, the State Government has committed $36 million  to install solar-powered electronic school zone signs at eligible schools across the state.

The new signs are highly visible and display the 40 km/h speed limit during nominated school zone times only, providing a real-time reminder to motorists to slow down through school zones.

 

 Image: Electronic school zone sign

Program roll-out

We will be rolling out the program to over 1,000 schools over the next two years, replacing current static signs in school zones with the new electronic signage.

Typically only one road per school will have electronic signs however due to the traffic environment, additional roads may also receive the signs. The signs will be installed typically on the road next to the school frontage.

The new electronic signs will (in most cases) be installed in approximately the same location as the existing static signs however new locations may be required if:

  • there are problems with overhead powerlines or other services
  • the existing location is not suitable due to shading by adjacent trees or buildings.

 

Benefits

The new signs are highly visible and display the 40 km/h speed limit during the nominated school morning and afternoon period.

As they only operate during school times, they reduce non-conformance of motorists who may be unaware that they are within the time period or day of the week that the school zone takes effect. 

This raised awareness and the resulting reduction in speed will make getting to and from school easier and safer for children and help road users stay alert and take extra care through school zones.

 

Further information

 

Modified: 07 May 2018