So I’m sick of writing directly to our Minister for Transport (Stanhope) every time I find what I view as a major flaw with something on ACT’s roads… I’ll still be doing that in this case, but thought I’d rant on here as well.
Northbound traffic on Commonwealth Avenue is now greeted with a sole 60km/h speed limit sign just before they enter city circle. This is where the speed limit now drops from 70km/h. The speed limit sign is a class C sized sign, ie: one of the smallest, and is placed on the median strip (right hand side of the road) immediately before the road bends to the left.
I first noticed this about a week ago and for some reason recalled that there were repeater signs before the red light/speed camera at the Northbourne/Barry Drive intersection. Today I confirmed this is not the case. In summary; there is only one small speed limit sign advising drivers of a drop in the speed limit, which is then enforced by a speed camera up the road. This speed limit sign is placed on a section of road with 5 lanes going in one direction (4 straight ahead lanes including cycle lane, 1 exit lane for London Cct), and is placed on the right hand side of the road, immediately before a left hand bend… hence drivers will be looking to the left, not the right.
Not *that* big a deal for seasoned Canberra residents who know the limit drops to 60 there, but what about interstate tourists? Is this adequate warning? IMHO, no, it’s pathetic.
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Does the ACT Gov really want people driving cars to slow down as they approach a section of Northbourne Ave with heavy pedestrian traffic? Apparently not. If they did, there would be large size A or B speed limit signs (plural) where the limit drops, and “60” painted in each lane. There would be repeater signs as drivers come out of City Circle, and there would be further repeater signs leading up to the speed camera.
IMHO, every time this or any other speed camera catches a person breaking a speed limit, it has failed to do it’s job. That person has not slowed down.
I do not condone people exceeding the speed limit. However a far, far more deplorable practice than drivers exceeding a speed limit, is a local Road Authority apparently making the most piddly, absolute minimum of an attempt to advise drivers of a drop in a speed limit, then rigorously enforcing that speed limit with a speed camera. It is 100% revenue raising.
What happens when a person is booked by any speed camera? They loose demerit points and get a fine of course. Easy, pay up, be done with it, learn that the government is out to get your money… unless that person is on the dole, in which case the fine could be an entire weeks income. Unless of course you’ve nearly maxed out your demerit points, or are on a probationary licence… in which case you loose your licence, possibly lose your sole source of income, end up bankrupt… all because of ACT GovCo’s incompetence at maintaining speed limit signs.
If our toy government really believed the bullshit they spurt about “speed” being the biggest killer on our roads, then they would make every attempt to advertise and make every driver 100% aware of what a speed limit is on any given road and the boundaries of that speed limit. They do not.
Appalling, utterly appalling.
Off to take some photos, write to the CT, and once again, fire off another letter to Stanhope.