Trial launched to improve safety of primary school students

06 March 2018

Nine New Plymouth District schools have started using cones to promote safe driving at school drop-off and pick-up times under a new trial joint scheme with NPDC’s Let’s Go.

The trial uses traffic safety cones to keep cars away from no-stopping areas at entrances, crossing facilities, accessways and intersections to boost kids’ safety around vehicles.

Waitara East School has just begun the trial and Principal Perrie Topia says he is already receiving positive comments about it.

“The cones have heightened awareness that there’s a pedestrian crossing coming up by making it more visual,” he says.

“Prior to this, some people were stopping on yellow lines to drop off or pick up their children. But with the cones there the area has opened up and everyone is safer.”

NPDC spokesperson Jacqueline Baker says the goal is to improve students’ safety at the busiest times of the school day: morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.

“We ask all drivers to stop legally around schools, for everyone’s safety,” she says.

“It’s better to park further away and walk in than to stop your car on broken yellow lines.”

The nine schools taking part are Vogeltown School, New Plymouth Girls’ High School, West End School, Welbourn School, Waitara East School, Fitzroy School, Puketapu School, Inglewood Primary School and Central School.