PENOLA'S Wattle Range councillors are behind a push to have the speed limit reduced on the Riddoch Hwy north of Penola.
Coonawarra Vignerons Association called for the council to lobby the State Governmment to reduce the current 110km/h speed limit to 100km/h for safety reasons.
Councillor Rob Thornett supported the motion at its August meeting but after lengthy discussion it was resolved to go to public consultation on the matter.
"They proposed it, we support it," he said. "In the end I imagine public consultation would just delay it a couple of months."
Cr Thornett said some felt the speed limit reduction would be "a step back" but he believes the 10km/h reduction would make only a minimal difference to travel times.
"The mayor (Peter Gandolfi) did some calculations," he said. "It would make a difference of about 70 seconds."
The mix of traffic on the road causes an issue - with slow moving viticultural equipment, residents, heavy vehicles and tourists populating the road.
A verge has been created on the side of the road but it is not wide enough.
"Although there is this wide verge it is still just that - a verge," Cr Thornett said. "It's not a double-laned highway."
The councillor travels that road every day from his home at Glenroy to Penola where he works and said there had been a lot of near misses on the road as well as a few fatalities.
"You get tourists looking around thinking of stopping then going to do a u-turn but not looking in their rear view mirror," Cr Thornett said, recalling one of two near misses he had himself with another road user doing just that.
"It was a matter of millimetres for me getting past him or side-swiping him and probably killing him."
The issue will now go to public consultation and then the council will decide what to do from there.
Should the public agree the speed needs to be reduced the council will then go to the State Government.
Cr Thornett said he believed from talks mayor Gandolfi and council chief Peter Hariott have had with the Department of Transport that they are not against the change.