Proposed speed change on roads
Victoria Police and municipal officers have used a St Arnaud forum to explain details of a proposal to use Northern Grampians Shire roads to trial a speed reduction from 100kmh to 70kmh on unsealed roads.
The ‘Slow Down and Survive’ forum was at St Arnaud Town Hall last week.
Wimmera police Superintendent Paul Margetts said the Northern Grampians municipality had been proposed as a trial site because 80 percent of the shire’s roads were unsealed.
“Victoria Police is committed to reducing deaths and serious injuries on our state’s roads, including in the country,” he said. “In fact, the chance of dying on a country road is four times higher than metropolitan areas.
“A head-on crash at 100kmh results in a 95 percent chance of death. That drops dramatically to 10 percent for 70kmh. On unsealed roads, inconsistent surfaces, unmarked lanes and no safety barriers exacerbate the risks of speed.
“That is why Victoria Police wanted to start a conversation around appropriate speeds for unsealed country roads.”
Earlier this year, the call for an investigation into changing speed limits on some unsealed roads across the state led to Member for Lowan Emma Kealy describing the idea as ‘lazy policy’.
Ms Kealy argued it represented a State Government ‘band-aid’ fix to compensate for cutting $160-million from maintaining country roads and bridges across country Victoria.