THE Labor government has pledged to install electronic safety signs along Barkly Street advising motorists to slow down in the school zone.
The Andrews Government announced today that if elected it will invest $72,000 to replace existing static signs along the road with electronic ones.
Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford said the new signals will improve safety around Marian College, Ararat Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School.
Marian College principal, Carmel Barker said that the school approved of anything that improved safety for children.
“Many kids go on the bus (behind the school) but there are many that do need to cross and you do need to alert people coming through,” she said.
However, Ms Barker said she wasn’t aware of any safety incidents involving children crossing Barkly Street, and that older students were already quite alert around the busy road.
“I don’t see cars racing down here,” she said.
“We often just say (to older students) be careful of the young student behind you that’s not old enough to be traffic aware.”
The electronic speed signs would be installed along Barkly Street over the summer school holiday period and be ready for the first day of term one in 2019.
It is not clear if they will be located where the current signs are or if they will be placed elsewhere.