Safety Initiative Highlights Solar Speed Signs

KINGSTON – County Executive Mike Hein reminds drivers across Ulster County that school is open and safety on our roadways and protecting our children is of the greatest importance.

As part of Ulster County’s continuing school safety initiative, new solar speed feedback signs were installed and activated in time for the new school year near New Paltz High School on South Putt Corners Road and Onteora High School, Middle School and Bennett Elementary School on Route 28 in Boiceville. Each sign will list the designated speed limit and provide a digital display of an oncoming vehicle’s speed. The signs are part of the County Executive’s efforts to Build A Safer Ulster County, which includes other projects to widen roads and improve safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Please see below for a full list of solar speed signs installed by Ulster County.

Michael P. Hein, Ulster County Executive said, As a parent, I know that ensuring the safety of our children is of the utmost importance, especially when they are walking, biking or driving to and from school,” said County Executive Mike Hein. “Installing solar speed signs near schools will provide drivers of all ages with essential feedback so they can moderate their speed and enhance safety. It will also remind drivers that school is back in session, to drive carefully and watch for students. As a community, we look forward to making this a safe and productive school year for our children and this school safety initiative coupled with improvements to our County’s roads will help better protect our children and pedestrians county-wide.”

Victoria McLaren, Superintendent, Onteora Central School District said, “We are thrilled to have these new signs on Route 28 to remind drivers to slow down as they are entering the school zone,” said Superintendent Victoria McLaren, Onteora Central School District. “Many drivers seem to forget that this section of Route 28 is a school zone and they often travel past the school at speeds that far exceed the posted limit. This creates a very dangerous situation for our students. These signs will be a very clear visual reminder to drivers that they need to slow down. I am greatly appreciative of the support of the County Executive Hein and all of the agencies involved in providing the Onteora district with this resource.”

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