Watch that speed and slow down

Mansfield Courier - - Happy Valentine's Day -

IF you hadn’t al­ready no­ticed, new speed signs have been in­stalled at all en­trances to Mans­field.

The ‘gate­way’ signs were in­stalled by Vi­cRoads some three weeks ago but in some in­stances are placed about 100 me­tres fur­ther out than the pre­vi­ous 50km/h signs.

Di­rec­tor safer roads of Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria Scott Lawrence said it is hoped these signs catch driv­ers’ at­ten­tion bet­ter.

“We’re in­stalling these eye-catch­ing speed signs at town en­trances in the North East to im­prove safety for driv­ers, pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists,” Mr Lawrence said.

“The signs aim to pro­vide a vis­ual re­minder to driv­ers that they are en­ter­ing a town and need to slow down to the posted speed limit.

“Com­mu­nity gate­way treat­ments are al­ready in use in New Zealand and have been shown to re­duce crashes sig­nif­i­cantly, a re­sult we hope to em­u­late here in Vic­to­ria.”

Mr Lawrence said the large eye-catch­ing speed limit sig­nage and unique road mark­ings are be­ing in­stalled at town en­trances through­out Vic­to­ria, in­clud­ing Mans­field, to in­crease safety by pro­vid­ing a vis­ual re­minder to driv­ers that they’re en­ter­ing a town and to com­ply with the posted speed limit.

The works are part of an $8 mil­lion State Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment to in­crease safety for re­gional Vic­to­ri­ans, through the To­wards Zero Ac­tion Plan.

“In some cases mi­nor ad­just­ments to speed zones have been re­quired to en­sure the signs are in the most prac­ti­cal lo­ca­tion,” Mr Lawrence said.

The re­duced speed lim­its came into ef­fect the day the new signs were in­stalled. wUP THEY GO: Large ‘gate­way’ speed limit signs have been in­stalled to all en­trances of Mans­field re­mind­ing driv­ers to slow down.

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