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Speed limits all over the place around the airport

By Sgt.Bungers 2 January 2011 45

An open letter to the ACT Government (also emailed directly to government and opposition transport ministers. Their responses will be posted here.)

Speed limits around the airport vary between 60km/h, 70km/h, 80km/h. Currently, speed limits can vary on the same stretch of for vehicles heading in different directions. Speed limits can be different for motorists travelling in the same direction along the same stretch of road, depending on how they’ve entered the road.

The ACT Government has the most speed cameras in the country per capita on our roads, we are more policed than any other people when it comes to the speed limit. We have just had the second worst road toll in a decade… we are still bombarded with “slow down” “obey the speed limit” “if only motorists would just get the message”.

Yet despite this high level of enforcement, and high level of education, the ACT Government appears to have absolutely no quality assurance process when it comes to the final and perhaps most important stage of setting a speed limit… putting up speed limit signs.

The included map is a rough guide I’ve put together showing the speed limits around the airport as currently signposted. As you can see, in three locations, the speed limit is different for different directions of motor vehicle traffic on the same road. In all three of those locations, the road is a two way, undivided road.

If a person driving a motor car mistakes the speed limit to be something other than signposted, they’ll receive a monitory penalty, be awarded demerit points, possibly lose their licence, their job, their home, receive a criminal record… then penalties can be severe.

When ACT government employees or contractors are careless when it comes to installing speed limit signs, or fails to verify a posted speed limit is consistent… what is their punishment, if any?
A government who is complacent when it comes to building and signposting roads, is going to encourage complacency among drivers.

Suggestions for ACT Gov:
• Immediately fix the signage around the airport so that speed limits are consistent and not changing up to 6 times in 4.5km (as is currently the case for westbound traffic travelling along Pialligo Ave)
• Audit your speed limit signage quality assurance process. How did this particular scenario happen and why?
• Investigate the viability of changing all speed limits on roads around the airport to 70km/h. Including:
o Majura road past Brand Depot.
o The top end of the Monaro Highway and Morshead Drive.
o The brief ~200m 80km/h zone at the south eastern end of the airport on Pialligo Ave.
o Fairburn Ave from ADFA to the War Memorial (most motorists appear to travel at 70km/h on this road, there are no driveways or access points along most of it.)

More consistent road safety and speed limit signage standards that are clearly thought out, are more likely to be respected and obeyed by an intelligent population.

What’s Your opinion?


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Thoroughly Smashed 4:34 pm 06 Jan 11

@sepi, #12: Presumably you’re referring to the roundabout connecting Belconnen Way and Fairfax Street to Dryandra Street, since there are no roundabouts or 80 zones on Macarthur Ave. I wouldn’t have called a speed sign situated smack bang in the middle of an unvegetated median strip “tucked in”, so it’s difficult to find much sympathy for anyone missing it and getting fined. I haven’t observed many drivers observing the limit there until they have to brake for the roundabout though. Here‘s a photo of its shadow.

Jim Jones 11:39 am 05 Jan 11

“I sense that vg is living in some fantasy world where statisticians rule and whatever they say, no matter how ludicrous, is taken as gospel. Sounds like fundamentalists religious types have some competition now.”

So, you find that anecdotes to be a more reliable source of information than data?

You really are an freethinker, aren’t you? While the rest of us poor sods are hidebound by stuck-in-the-mud ideas about gathering data, examining evidence and respecting the opinions of acknowledged experts, you’re out there, making it all up for yourself and ignoring the inconvenient lack of correspondence with reality.

georgesgenitals 11:21 am 05 Jan 11

“There are lots of hints that you’ve put on this site over time that you used to be a police officer.”

Rubbish

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Actually, I could quite easily post up some examples, if you’d like? If not, I’m happy to drop it.

georgesgenitals 10:41 am 05 Jan 11

…“There are lots of hints that you’ve put on this site over time that you used to be a police officer.”

Rubbish

“The number of drivers who get pinged for speeding is not an accurate indicator of whether the majority of drivers speed.”

Bollocks, it is the best indication

The first point has come up before.

Your second point is rubbish. Provide some evidence if you disagree.

troll-sniffer 9:59 am 05 Jan 11

“The number of drivers who get pinged for speeding is not an accurate indicator of whether the majority of drivers speed.”

Bollocks, it is the best indication

I sense that vg is living in some fantasy world where statisticians rule and whatever they say, no matter how ludicrous, is taken as gospel. Sounds like fundamentalists religious types have some competition now.

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