GRAHAMVALE Primary School is a local recipient of a road safety funding boost designed to deliver programs that reduce trauma and save lives.
90 Victorian schools, councils, and not-for-profit organisations have been selected as part of the $1.5M Community Road Safety Grants program. Grahamvale Primary School will use their share of $4,950 for speed advisory messages and variable messaging signs.
School principal, Simone Higgens said the school is looking for ways to make student and pedestrian safety a priority, particularly as a high number of trucks drive past the school.
“The speed limit outside the school is 60 kilometers per hour, and 40 during school times. This funding will help us access speed signage that communicates the speed limit at various times and provides more opportunities for cars, and trucks in particular, to be aware of their speed.”
“The school council have spoken with local highway patrol to find ways we can work together. We’re also looking for anything the school can purchase that will make drivers more aware.”
Simone says that previously teachers have seen a difference in the speed of passing traffic when engaging variable messaging signs, such as illuminated signs that show the speed vehicles are travelling or show a ‘sad’ or ‘happy’ face depending on whether they are speeding or travelling at the correct speed.
Additional signage surrounding Gramhamvale Primary School is expected to be in place after the school holidays.