More road safety measures within school zones to be implemented

Motorists will be required to reduce their speed limit to 40kmh or under when the amber lights on the sign flash during school peak hours. -- ST PHOTO: MIRANDA YEO
Motorists will be required to reduce their speed limit to 40kmh or under when the amber lights on the sign flash during school peak hours. -- ST PHOTO: MIRANDA YEO
The sign comprises three smaller signs, a "children ahead, school zone" sign, a "40kmh" speed limit sign, and a "when lights flash" sign with a pair of alternating amber lights. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The sign comprises three smaller signs, a "children ahead, school zone" sign, a "40kmh" speed limit sign, and a "when lights flash" sign with a pair of alternating amber lights. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - More road safety measures within school zones have been implemented by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), including a new road sign requiring motorists to slow down when its lights are flashing.

The sign comprises three smaller signs, a "children ahead, school zone" sign, a "40kmh" speed limit sign, and a "when lights flash" sign with a pair of alternating amber lights.

Motorists will be required to reduce their speed limit to 40kmh or under when the amber lights on the sign flash during school peak hours. Schools can operate the signs and can choose to leave it turned on throughout the day if school there are ongoing school activities.

When lights are not flashing, the speed limit of the road reverts to the original speed limit of 50kmh.

This sign is one of many new road safety measures - including chevron markings and road humps - that have been implemented by the LTA at 10 pilot primary schools.

The new road sign was launched at Canberra Primary School on Jan 28 by Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Health, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim.

He said that the new road safety measures will be rolled out in 200 primary schools islandwide by 2018.

He added that the LTA will also be looking at how to enhance road safety in neighbourhoods with a large ageing population.

miranday@sph.com.sg