Com­mu­nity views on speed sought

South Waikato News - - Conversations -

The speed at which some peo­ple travel on se­lected roads in Toko­roa and Pu­taruru could be changed in an ef­fort to re­duce deaths on Waikato roads.

Feed­back is cur­rently be­ing sought from peo­ple who live and travel on Baird, Les­lie and Do­main Rds with sug­ges­tion speed could be man­aged dif­fer­ently on th­ese roads.

That feed­back would to help the district coun­cil de­cide whether to progress changes at th­ese lo­ca­tions through a speed by­law.

Changes could in­clude dif­fer­ent road mark­ings, sig­nage, ed­u­ca­tion, changes to speed lim­its and road safety cam­paigns.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is part of a multi-agency Waikato re­gional trans­port com­mit­tee (RTC) project look­ing at bet­ter ways to man­age speed on Waikato roads.

The com­mit­tee is work­ing with coun­cils in the re­gion to test new ways to do this at a hand­ful of pos­si­ble demon­stra­tion sites, in­clud­ing those in Pu­taruru and Toko­roa.

The aim is to re­duce deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries on the re­gion’s roads – 69 peo­ple died last year.

South Waikato District Coun­cil group man­ager as­sets Ted An­der­son said they are keen to hear the com­mu­nity’s views on speed lim­its.

‘‘We want to know what peo­ple think about the cur­rent speed lim­its on th­ese three roads – out­side For­est View High School, the busy road to Blue Spring/te Wai­hou Walk­way, and Do­main Road in Pu­taruru, which is used by a range of traf­fic,’’ he said.

‘‘At the end of the day peo­ple do make mis­takes and if we can work to­gether to re­duce risk by man­ag­ing speed then our com­mu­ni­ties will be bet­ter off.’’

The Waikato Speed Man­age­ment Project will test a new ap­proach to speed man­age­ment us­ing a new na­tional Draft Speed Man­age­ment Guide, which has been de­vel­oped by the road safety sec­tor.

Peo­ple can find out more and share their views on­line from Wed­nes­day 20 April at waika­tore­gion.govt.nz/speed­man­age­ment with those who fill in the sur­vey can go­ing in the draw to win a prize.

Views can also be shared in per­son at a drop-in ses­sion on Tues­day May 3, from 3 to 6pm, For­est View High School li­brary, Baird Road, Toko­roa.

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