NEW SPEED SIGNS TO BOOST SAFETY FOR YEA PRIMARY STUDENTS

New electronic speed signs will be installed on the Melba Highway near Yea Primary School, making it safer for students to get to and from school.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the new signs will help make drivers more aware of children crossing the road during the morning and afternoon school drop-off periods.

Children are our most vulnerable road users and reduced speeds near schools help to keep them safe. All drivers must slow down near school speed zones.

The Melba Highway is a key route used by tourists visiting Yea, Lake Eildon and the snowfields, with traffic increasing during the holiday and snow seasons.

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $80,000 to install the new signs, following consultation with Yea Primary School and the Murrindindi Shire Council.

“Keeping children safe is everybody’s responsibility, and these new speed signs will remind motorists to slow down, look up and be alert,” Ms Symes said.

“We know lower speeds save lives, and this upgrade will be in place before students at Yea Primary finish their first term of school.”

The new electronic speed signs are expected to be installed by the end of the first school term of 2017.