By­law change aims to curb speed­sters

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

As a means of curb­ing speed­ing driv­ers on Mos­sop Rd South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil is work­ing to change the speed lim­its.

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil last week re­solved to amend the Speed Limit By­law 2008.

The changes would pro­vide for a 60kmh speed limit for 450m from State High­way 1, an 80kmh limit from 450m to 1700m, and 100kmh there­after.

Ex­tend­ing the 60kmh out fur­ther ‘‘will stop hoons’’, as­sets group man­ager Roger Fisher said.

He said the present lim­its were 50kmh at the in­ter­sec­tion from the high­way for a dis­tance of 200m, then 70kmh out to the corner of the road.

The coun­cil’s decision will go to the New Zealand Trans­port Agency.

Mr Fisher said staff would need to in­form the prop­erty own­ers who made sub­mis­sions on last year’s an­nual plan of the sug­gested changes made by the agency and the coun­cil, ex­plain­ing the rea­sons for the changes and the process.

‘‘If the coun­cil re­ceives fur­ther sub­mis­sions op­pos­ing the pro­posal, it will go to the coun­cil for con­sid­er­a­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘If no fur­ther sub­mis­sions are re­ceived, the change will be made to the Speed Lim­its By­law sched­ule amended.’’

The move is be­ing sup­ported by Bishop Ed­ward Gaines Catholic School, the only school on that stretch of road.

Prin­ci­pal He­len Mcguigan said: ‘‘Ab­so­lutely (we sup­port the idea) be­cause it is quite tricky for us, be­ing on the other side of the mo­tor­way also.

‘‘We ab­so­lutely sup­port it, just for the chil­dren’s safety.’’

She said it could be treach­er­ous cross­ing from one side to the other, be­cause some mo­torists hur­tled down the road.

‘‘We would like to see it down to 50kmh just for the chil­dren’s safety.’’

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