The Australian - Wednesday 17 May, 2006

Car hits child as Premier sees the light

By Elizabeth Gosch
 

 
A THIRD child has been hit by a car outside Sydney schools in two days, with
NSW Premier Morris Iemma on the verge of installing flashing lights in
school zones across the state.

The 12-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after he was hit at 4.10pm
(AEST) yesterday while crossing Burragorang Road outside Oakdale Primary
School in Sydney's southwest.

More than three years after the Roads and Traffic Authority began a trial of
flashing lights in 43 school zones and after years of campaigning by
community and pedestrian groups, Mr Iemma said the Government would
introduce additional safety measures in school zones.

But the state Opposition and Pedestrian Council chairman Harold Scruby
expressed frustration at the lack of a firm commitment or a time frame.

"While Premier Iemma procrastinates, children are being seriously injured on
roads around our schools," NSW Opposition Deputy Leader Barry O'Farrell
said.

Mr Scruby said he had campaigned on the issue for seven years.

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