Cars ‘jump’ red lights at school


MORNINGTON MP David Morris wants the state government to declare a highway school zone outside Balcombe Grammar School, Nepean Highway, Mount Martha.

He says there are “credible and disturbing reports” that cars are ignoring pedestrian lights near the school entrance.

“While the school has funded and installed pedestrian lights to assist in crossing the highway, there are credible and disturbing reports that numbers of cars are jumping the red light,” Mr Morris said.

“All too often in these situations it is a case of waiting until an accident happens before any action is taken. I do not want that to be the case at Balcombe Grammar.

“I raised this issue a number of years ago in Parliament, and I was told at the time by the then minister, that the address of the school was not Nepean Highway. That was a convenient, ludicrous cop-out.

“The buses that serve the school run along Nepean Highway, and for students arriving in the morning from the north or departing in the afternoon to the south, it is necessary to cross a busy road.”

Mr Morris said Balcombe Grammar should have a school zone the same as provided on Nepean Highway at Mornington and Mount Eliza.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 17 December 2019


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