Road safety initiatives to be rolled out as pilot at 10 primary schools: LTA

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Associate Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim viewing the newly implemented road safety initiatives with Shuqun Primary School students on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Associate Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim viewing the newly implemented road safety initiatives with Shuqun Primary School students on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

A series of road safety initiatives will be rolled out to 10 primary schools here as a pilot from the first quarter of next year, before being extended to other schools progressively, said the Land Transport Authority on Thursday.

One of the initiatives will see the speed limit along roads fronting the 10 schools lowered to 40kmh during school operation hours.Outside these hours, the road speed limit will revert to the existing limit.

The schools involved in the pilot include Shuqun Primary, Canberra Primary, Ngee Ann Primary, and Ang Mo Kio Primary.

To alert motorists, LTA said it will introduce a new 40kmh speed limit sign and a "When Lights Flash" supplementary sign, which will be accompanied by flashing amber lights.

Other initiatives, which will be implemented depending on the respective schools' needs, include road markings, road humps and dividers.

The pilot schools were selected based on factors such as the type of road fronting the school, and the type of pedestrian crossings along the road.

On Thursday, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, visited Shuqun Primary School to view the road safety initiatives that will be implemented at the school.

He said these initiatives were "part of our continued efforts to improve road safety". There will be a review of the effectiveness of the initiatives following the pilot, before they are extended to other primary schools here.

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