Slower speed limit will increase safety
A reduction in the speed limit past his school has at least one principal smiling.
Matamata Christian School principal Alistair Paterson is supportive of the Matamata-Piako District Council’s change to its bylaw which will see the introduction of a variable 40km/h speed limit imposed to a section of Station Rd and Smith St.
Council agreed the variation would occur between 8.15am to 8.55am, and 3pm and 3.20pm on school days and will benefit Firth Primary School, Matamata Intermediate and Matamata Christian School.
Signage including a $40,000 electronic system will be put in place.
Paterson is in complete support of the lowering of the speed limit around peak times for arrival and departures at school.
‘‘While most motorists are quite careful anyway the speed changes help alert drivers to potential dangers,’’ he said.
Research showed the average child does not develop the ability to judge the speed and closeness of vehicles until they are 14. It highlighted danger.
‘‘The fact is there is never going to be a good situation when a child is hit by a vehicle at any speed. It will wreck lives, the child’s, their families and friends, and for the driver,’’ said Paterson. the potential
Two other areas will see speeds reduced under the bylaw change.
The completion of the residential development on Banks Rd, Matamata, since the last speed review has been the catalyst to relocate the current 70/100km/h speed restriction to east of O’Sullivan Dr. It will give the area an improved safety zone.
An extension to the 70 km/h speed limit at Hinuera has also been approved. It will help reduce the speed of traffic through the small settlement.
Low speed zones are now part of life around Smith Street schools in Matamata.