Samuel takes his safety campaign to the top

AFTER launching a petition to install flashing 40km/h speed restriction signs at his Koroit school, Samuel Sutcliffe may be one step closer to seeing the signs installed.

Yesterday he met Premier Dr Denis Napthine during the busy morning drop-off at Koroit and District Primary School, where the Premier acknowledged the need for the signs.

“You can see the need for better signage of the 40km/h speed zone,” Dr Napthine said. “The best way to do it, as we’ve seen across the south-west, is electric 40km/h signs. Having those signs will make it very clear.”

Samuel, 12, said the signs were needed to increase safety for his fellow pupils.

The concerned grade six pupil launched the petition in May, calling on VicRoads, Moyne Shire Council and Dr Napthine to install the signs.

School crossing supervisor Susan Hand said she had witnessed some near-misses at the crossing.

“It’s pretty scary,” she said. “We have a lot of visitors and it’s not immediately obvious that it’s a school zone.

“There’s a lot of trucks that come through, but most of them are pretty respectful.”

Ms Hand said the school crossing became more dangerous when there was wet weather.

“You don’t see the school until you are right near it,” she said. “Some people don’t wait until it is clear.”

The member for South West Coast said he would be talking to VicRoads about upgrades to the crossing.

rhoulihan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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