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Government considers 40km/h limit in residential areas

By Ian Bushnell - 7 February 2018 74

Kill the speed? Government considers reducing speed limits in residential areas.

Reducing the speed limit in residential areas to 40km/h may be on the table as part of Government plans to curb road accidents caused by speeding in the ACT.

The ACT Government has commissioned the Monash University Accident Research Centre to conduct an evaluation of the road safety camera program, including a community survey on the enforcement of speeding laws in the ACT.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said the respondents would be asked about how fast they think people should be allowed to drive without being booked for speeding and how they would feel if the speed limit in residential areas was reduced to 40km/h, among a range of other topics.

“I know this a topic everyone has an opinion on and now is the chance to have your say,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The evidence is clear—speeding remains a serious cause of death and injury on our roads. We want to know about the community’s awareness of, and attitudes to, our efforts to curb these dangers—and how we can continue to deter people from speeding and running red lights.”

Associate Professor Stuart Newstead from the Monash University Accident Research Centre stressed the importance of community feedback for the evaluation.

“Understanding the ACT community’s knowledge of, and reactions to the road safety camera program is vital to understanding whether the program is delivering the best road safety outcomes for the ACT and to potentially improving the program in the future,” Associate Professor Newstead said.

The community survey is the first stage of the evaluation which has been designed and conducted by Monash University. It takes 5-10 minutes to complete online and answers are all anonymous. The survey is available online at and closes on 30 March 2018.

A full list of camera sites and operational logs is also available on the Government’s open data website

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Ferro Fabbri 12:32 am 11 Feb 18

Pointless exercise - all it does is generate revenue fir the govt - a sign with 40 on it doesn’t mean anything if it didn’t mean anything before with 60 on it - maybe teach cbr drivers to drive properly and have realistic speed limits

Paula Barnett 1:36 pm 10 Feb 18

How many people have been seriously injured or killed in the 50 zones and at what locations and at what times and were the drivers intoxicated etc.etc. it is multi-factoral and this looks like revenue raising..

Tim Hill 10:10 am 10 Feb 18

What rubbish. Reducing the speed limit isn't gonna stop people from driving fast. Even in my street which isn't very long, hoons in their V8's find a way to speed regardless.

Smashley McForrester 9:12 am 10 Feb 18

I’m not convinced it’s as simple as ‘lower speed limit equals less death and injury’. Improved driving ability would help though.

Greg Chesher 9:07 am 10 Feb 18

What about spending some effort on drivers being distracted by using mobile phones ?

Domenic Fabbo 7:00 am 10 Feb 18

Never mind changing the speed limit, how about the ACT Government looks at ways of dealing with burnouts and street racing in our suburban roads that are already have a 50 kph limit?

Joan Porter 8:46 pm 09 Feb 18

No matter what state you live in the road rules should be the same its all Australia

Christine Jones 7:29 pm 09 Feb 18

40, you've got to be kidding! (And yes, I am . 65 years old)!@!

Capital Retro 3:19 pm 09 Feb 18

First time ever yesterday a “radar van” was operating in the 50 kmh limit zone of Bugden Avenue in Fadden.

He would have got at least three Action busses I reckon.

Robert Warn 12:21 pm 09 Feb 18

Ther is a strange conflict in speed limits. Some residential streets still 60 kph. Others 50. But 40 too slow for generl traffic, except past schools, retirement villages, etc, where children and / or older people with slower movemnent and impaired senses of hearing and sight are more likely. Drivers must maintain vigilance and not be distracted (mobile phones!). A problem is that there are many more vehicles on our roads, and more powerful vehicles.

Gayle Vale 10:05 am 09 Feb 18

I think the low speed is to give the pedestrian, more chance of surviving if hit. Lowering the speed limit will only make those speeding more impatient. Get back to 60 & pedestrians take those earbuds out & tune in to traffic noise so you dont get hit, make the roads safer by increasing the limit on open well sealed roads getting traffic away. Stay in your own lane & don't txt/msg while driving thats why its called DRIVING

house_husband 5:46 am 09 Feb 18

Agree completely. Our evidence based approach to road safety seems to lacking in evidence. From what little you can tell from the official stats, excess speed is responsible for at most a third of crashes in the ACT. Yet it proportionally gets considerably more coverage. It wouldn’t be because it raises revenue and is easy to blame? Nah.

Clinton Berry 11:56 pm 08 Feb 18

Lower all the speed limits! Saves fuel as well

Simon Hiscock 9:55 pm 08 Feb 18

Speed limits are NOT the issue, accountability and enforcement is. As long as hoons think they can get away with speeding, and drifting around roundabouts at 3:00am because they don’t get caught they will.

Jeffrey Brown 8:00 pm 08 Feb 18

Its revenue raising tactics

Lyle Cameron 7:32 pm 08 Feb 18

What the ACT Gov’t needs to consider is teaching people 1. How to freaking merge properly and; 2. How not to speed up when entering overtaking zones...

The cat did it 6:59 pm 08 Feb 18

I’ve got no problems with such a reduction, but Government would need to demonstrate that there are significant number of accidents in 50kph areas that would be less likely to have occurred if the speed limit was reduced to 40kph.

They should be able to produce the data to support this. Otherwise it will look like just another revenue grab.

Pat Murray 1:15 pm 08 Feb 18

In a ten minute drive to work, I drive through nine different speed zones, and every day, without fail, there is a mobile speed camera van at the optimal place to collect revenue - a downhill stretch of 60 kph limit.

Inez Watts 1:12 pm 08 Feb 18

This is just ridiculous 😠

Julie Buchanan 12:09 pm 08 Feb 18

I agree people speed through the streets and its dangerous as some streets don't have footpaths some people walking their dogs children riding bikes or just walking . maybe speed humps should be put down .

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