5 February 2015 Watch Your Speed

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Speeding motorists are to be targeted in a joint campaign launched by the Police and Council in a bid to cut the number of crashes occurring on local roads.


“Aside from the Pacific Highway, Coramba Road/Orara Way had the greatest number of speeding related crashes in the past five years, particularly the stretch between Mount Browne and Bennetts Roads. This stretch alone has seen 28 crashes in that period, with 82% involving excess speed and 78% in wet conditions,” said Anne Shearer, Council’s Road Safety and Transport Officer.


“Hogbin Drive had the greatest number of crashes in our region on a local road, with around 100 reported crashes over the past five years. 41% of these were on wet roads.


“But speeding does not just involve going faster than the posted speed limit. Driving safely means driving at an appropriate speed for the prevailing weather and road conditions.


“The posted speed limits are for driving in good conditions.  In wet conditions, the posted speed may be dangerous as visibility is reduced, the roads become slippery and braking distances are increased.


“So the message is simple - slow down in the wet. Just 10 kilometres an hour less increases traction – and use your wipers and lights.”


Over the next few weeks, Council will set up courtesy speed radars in selected locations to remind motorists to check their speed and drive at a suitable speed for the conditions. Vehicle speeds will also be monitored.


Police will also be conducting extra patrols.  


Drivers can check local road conditions by going to www.myroadinfo.com.au or by downloading the MyRoadInfo apps for iPhones or Android devices.


Useful tips for safely driving in the wet can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au