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Motorists passing local primary schools last week could be forgiven for thinking they were seeing things

By Bass Coast Shire Council - 9th August 2001 - Back to News

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Picture (sent via email) School
crossing supervisor Rose Harper
demonstrates one of the new signs
at the White Road
crossing in Wonthaggi.

Motorists passing local primary schools last week could be forgiven for thinking they were seeing things. Flashing red lights coming out of the fog must have looked very strange. Well, the mystery has been solved.

Bass Coast Shire Council recently purchased eight new stop signs equipped with flashing red lights. The new signs are being used at each of the eight primary school crossings within the Shire.

The flashing red lights are on the outside of the signs, which are the same shape as ordinary signs and double-sided. The new signs were developed by Alan Morgan of Moe in conjunction Vic Roads. They are designed for foggy mornings and overcast days when the old stop signs are a little hard to see.

"The safety of the children is paramount," says Hilton Chadwick, Emergency Management Officer with the Bass Shire Council. "These new signs mean motorists have a bit more warning when they are approaching a school crossing on a foggy day."

The new flashing stop signs are located in the Wonthaggi area at White Road, Korumburra Road, Bilson Street, St Josephs and Inverloch. In the Phillip Island area they are located at Thompson Avenue, Newhaven’s Phillip Island Tourist Road and Settlement Road in front of Cowes Primary School.

In other news concerning local roads, Council has placed new 40 km/hr signs in Settlement Road, Cowes. This new speed limit is currently on a trial basis, and it is hoped that it will increase the safety of school children travelling to and from school in the area. The temporary speed signs will be in place Monday to Friday for two hours a day: 8.10 am – 9.10 am and 3pm – 4pm.


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