Jamisontown database analyst Tim Sant, 30, hopes his mobile application SchoolSafe, which alerts drivers on approach to schools between 7am and 7pm on school days with a sound or visual alert, “makes a positive impact on the community”.
“The aim here is not to distract drivers but to alert them to be cautious around school zones,” Mr Sant said. “Even if it just makes a difference to one kid.”
As a six-year-old at Spring-wood Public School, Tim Sant was hit by a car when he stepped out from behind a parked school bus.
“I was dragged under a car and suffered a sprained ankle ... I was very lucky.”
He said not all of the 14,000 schools around Australia were accurately represented on Goo-gle Earth or satellite navigation tools currently showing school zones.
The app has been endorsed by the Mountains-based SARAH (Safer Australian Roads and Highways) group.
President Peter Frazer said he was excited by the innovative phone application as kids were “the most vulnerable road users.”
“Tim is actively promoting road safety [and] we are very grateful,” Mr Frazer said.
The app costs $1.99 and is available through Google Play and also the Apple store.
Mr Sant is in the process of developing an app for New Zealand.
He said his company Real-Power Software had other practical and community-focused applications set to be released soon.