Colin Edmonston (DTMR), Cr Rose Swadling, Cr Neil Fisher, Stuart Harvey (RRC), Laurie Schreck (RRC), Jan McSweeney (Neighbourhood Watch), Tim McSweeney (Volunteers in Police), and Acting Mayor Tony Williams.
Colin Edmonston (DTMR), Cr Rose Swadling, Cr Neil Fisher, Stuart Harvey (RRC), Laurie Schreck (RRC), Jan McSweeney (Neighbourhood Watch), Tim McSweeney (Volunteers in Police), and Acting Mayor Tony Williams.

North Rockhampton residents want motorists to slow down

NEW 50km speed limit stickers have been placed on resident's mobile waste bins in an attempt to combat speeding issues in key residential North Rockhampton streets.

Infrastructure Committee Chair and acting Mayor Tony Williams said council had partnered with Rockhampton District Neighbourhood Watch and Department Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to undertake the initiative, as funded by a Community Road Safety Grant.

"Since receiving the grant in late 2013, we have worked with Volunteers in Police (VIP) to determine the local streets in most need of a 50km speed limit reminder," Cr Williams said.

"VIP recorded data across the Region and five initial streets were identified as lacking the most compliance with the General Urban Default Speed Limit of 50km, and experiencing higher than normal occurrences of speeding.

"Residents of Diplock Street, Plahn Street, Hyde Street, and Scott Street were contacted by council and crews have since been applying 50km speed limit stickers to identified mobile bins. The process will follow for Dee Street.

"I'd like to thank all involved in the initiative and truly hope we can see a reduction in speeding in these five streets as a result of the bin stickers," he said.

TMR's Road Safety Manager Colin Edmonston said he was a strong supporter of the campaign for safe speeds on local roads which is funded through the State Government's Community Road Safety Grant Scheme.

"The bin stickers give residents the opportunity to join us in the campaign and will act as a constant reminder to drivers of the default 50km speed limit in residential streets," Colin said.

"Promoting safe speeds and increasing give way compliance are priorities in the Regional Road Safety Strategy and this campaign can only help to raise awareness," he said.

General Urban Default Speed Limit facts

  • Is 50km,
  • Was introduced in Queensland in 2003,
  • Applies to all streets with a local access function, and
  • Streets are not signposted as the speed limit applies by default.

Additional streets may be included in the future, permitting they meet specific criteria in regards to current posted speed limits, traffic volumes and compliance with the speed limit.

Should residents wish to be a part of this initiative, they are encouraged to contact their local Neighbourhood Watch representative who will liaise with council to assess whether their street qualifies.
 



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