Speed lim­its re­duced at three schools

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Changes to road speed lim­its around three Mata­mata schools, to im­prove safety, will be­gin on July 3.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil has re­duced speed lim­its around Firth Pri­mary, Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate and Mata­mata Chris­tian schools, for 40 min­utes in the morn­ing and 20 min­utes in the af­ter­noon.

Coun­cil also ex­tended the 70km/h lim­its on the out­skirts of Mata­mata at Hin­uera Rd and Banks Rd for 20 me­tres and 30m re­spec­tively to im­prove sight lines and safety. The three schools were cho­sen for the vari­able speed limit fol­low­ing a re­view of all schools to iden­tify safety pri­or­i­ties.

The schools will be is­sued with ac­tive school signs, which light up to alert driv­ers they are en­ter­ing a 40km/h school zone, and have flash­ing lights dur­ing the high risk pe­ri­ods be­fore and af­ter school.

The changes are to in­tro­duce a 40 km/h vari­able speed zone on Smith St and Sta­tion Rd, en­com­pass­ing the schools. It will ex­tend the 70km/h speed limit on Banks Rd 30m be­yond O’Sul­li­van Drive, to im­prove safety at the in­ter­sec­tion and ex­tend the ex­ist­ing 70km/h speed limit 20m fur­ther north on Hin­uera Rd. This will al­low the speed limit sign to be moved away from the cor­ner, to re­duce the po­ten­tial for driv­ers be­ing dis­tracted.

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