The Border Watch : September 13th 2017
4 NEWS THE RAA is urging the State Government to not see its decision to drop the speed limit on eight roads in rural South Australia as a longterm fix. Road safety senior manager Charles Mountain said the roads still need to be maintained. “It’s pleasing the State Government has not gone with a blanket speed reduction for all of South Australia’s rural roads, as was previously proposed,” Mr Mountain said. “But that doesn’t mean the maintenance of these roads, and other rural roads, can be put on the back burner. “South Australia’s rural residents deserve to drive on safe roads that have been properly maintained.” The RAA stated Carpenter Rocks Road from Carpenter Rocks to Mount Gambier had very narrow lanes and would benefit from lane widening, edge lines or rumble strips, especially given its traffic volumes. Motorists along the Riddoch Highway from Mount Gambier to Port MacDonnell would also benefit from the installation of roadside barriers. Other roads to have their speed limits dropped from 110kph to 100kph include Clay Wells Road from the Southern Ports Highway to Callendale and Ngarkat Highway from Pinnaroo to Bordertown. “The roads where speed limits will be reduced have similar road safety issues, in they have narrow lanes, with shoulders and edge line markings that are limited if there at all,” Mr Mountain said. New speed limit signage on the roads is expected to be installed by the end of the year. The RAA will be seeking further clarification from the State Government behind its decision to VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Speed cut no substitute to roadwork Motoring body calls on State Government to ensure ongoing maintenance drop the speed limit on the particular roads and how the effectiveness of the move will be assessed. “Of the crashes that have occurred on these roads, most of them have been attributed to inattention, with only a handful occurring where the driver was either not wearing a seatbelt or was driving under the influence,” Mr Mountain said. “While speed was a contributing factor in 14pc of the crashes, in some cases the vehicle was actually travelling below the designated speed limit when the crash occurred. “This reinforces that road users should always drive their vehicle to the conditions that are presented to them and that educating drivers about this should also be a priority.” The RAA called on the State Government to review its decision after three years to confirm whether the change had actually improved safety on the roads. “We would also like to see an increased focus on driver education, particularly around inattention and fatigue, which are the cause of many rural crashes,” Mr Mountain said. CATCHING UP WITH FRIENDS? $ 40.99 XXXX GOLD 24 X 375ML BOTTLES $ 45.99 HAHN SUPER DRY 24 X 330ML BOTTLES Road safety ‘quick fix’ unacceptable THE South Australian Local Government Association has described the State Government’s decision to reduce the speed limit on eight key regional roads as a “quick fix”. The Riddoch Highway from Mount Gambier to Port MacDonnell, Clay Wells Road from the Southern Ports Highway to Callendale and Carpenter Rocks Road from Mount Gambier are among roads where the speed limit will be cut from 110kph to 100kph. President Lorraine Rosenberg said the LGA was supportive of a holistic approach to road safety, of which speed limits are only one part. “Other factors such as time and frequency of $ 49.99 CORONA EXTRA 24 X 355ML BOTTLES 1L $ 52.99 VICTORIA BITTER 24 X 375ML BOTTLES travel, infrastructure improvements, vehicle safety improvements and licensing changes also play a role in reducing road fatalities and serious injuries,” Ms Rosenberg said. “The LGA has previously highlighted the need for increased State Government investment in road maintenance and the move to reduce speed limits on these roads confirms the concerns our regional councils have regarding their upkeep. “If these roads are no longer fit for purpose, then they should be upgraded.” Backing claims by Grant District Mayor Richard Sage and Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell in yesterday’s edition, she said changing the speed limit was a quick fix and South Australia’s regional communities deserve better. “The quality of our roads is an issue for all ALUE South Australians and the LGA will continue to advocate for an adequate level of State Government funding for road maintenance,” she said. “The LGA proposed a trial regional road safety management strategy in the Limestone Coast region that would have considered a range of road safety factors and established clear criteria to identify roads where reduction or adjustment in the speed limit was warranted.” But Ms Rosenberg said the government declined to support the proposal. $ 70 .99 EACH JIM BEAM WHITE & COLA 4.8% OR CANADIAN CLUB & DRY 4.8% CUBE 24 X 375ML CANS $ 49 VW PARK HOTEL MOUNT GAMBIER 8725 2430 MT. 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As the outrage continued across the state after the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure announced a plan to reduce speeds on eight rural roads by the end of the year, Mr Brokenshire has asked mayors across the state to band together. “These mayors represent their districts and I represent rural people across South Australia in a common opposition to the government’s decision to drop road speeds rather than invest in road infrastructure,” Mr Brokenshire said. “It is time to make sure our roads are safe by spending money where necessary by sealing shoulders, adding tactile strips, installing overpassing lanes and general spending on improvements.” Mr Brokenshire said the government needed to take responsibility for its lack of investment rather than punishing people in rural areas.
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