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Libs promise $36m to make school zones safe
Every 40km/h school zone will have flashing lights by the end of their next term of government, say Liberals. File picture: The West Australian

A Liberal-led Government would continue the roll-out of flashing speed signs to every 40kmh school in WA at a cost of $36 million over four years.

Announcing the election pledge in Heathridge, in the Labor-held seat of Joondalup, today, Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the initiative had been popular with schools and would improve children's safety.

As children return to school tomorrow, Mr Buswell said there were 1072 schools with a 40kmh zone in WA.

Of those, 144 schools were expected to have the flashing signs by June 30 this year.

However under the pledge, the remaining 928 would receive the flashing signs over the next four years.

"That is a massive increase in investment... providing what I think will be a very welcome addition to safety of the kids around our schools," he said.

The lights, which are linked remotely to Main Roads Traffic Operations Centre, cost about $40,000 each to install.

They operate automatically each day between 7.30-9am and 2.30-4pm.

Mr Buswell said the roll-out of the signs would be funded from the Road Trauma Trust Fund, which receives revenue from all red light and speed camera fines.

Mr Buswell said in eight years the former Labor Government installed the signs at only five schools.

Ms Harvey said with 43,902 infringements issued last year to motorists speeding through school zones she hoped it would help curb "a serious level of offending through these zones".

She said the signs alerted motorists to a school zone and made sure they knew to slow down.

Labor leader Mark McGowan said Labor would be making is commitments during the election campaign.