The LGA has described the State Government’s decision to reduce the speed limit on eight key regional roads as a “quick fix”.
Four of the eight roads that are expected to see a speed limit reduction from 110km/h to 100km/h before the end of this year are in the South East.
The eight are:
- Browns Well Highway (Loxton to Pinnaroo)
- Riddoch Highway (Mount Gambier to Port MacDonnell)
- Clay Wells Road (Southern Ports Highway to Callendale)
- Andamooka Road (Olympic Dam to Andamooka)
- Cleve Road (Kimba to Cleve)
- Ngarkat Highway (Pinnaroo to Bordertown)
- Goyder Highway (Crystal Brook to Gulnare), and
- Carpenter Rocks Road (Carpenter Rocks to Mount Gambier).
Mayor Rosenberg said the the LGA was supportive of a holistic approach to road safety, of which speed limits are only one part.
“Other factors such as time and frequency of travel, infrastructure improvements, vehicle safety improvements and licensing changes also play a role in reducing road fatalities and serious injuries,” Mayor Rosenberg said.
“The LGA has previously highlighted the need for increased State Government investment in road maintenance, and the move to reduce speed limits on these roads confirms the concerns our regional councils have regarding their upkeep.”
As a partner in government and part of the solution, the LGA proposed a trial regional road safety management strategy in the Limestone Coast region. However, the Government declined to support this proposal.
RAA is urging the State Government to not see its decision to drop the speed limit on eight roads in rural South Australia as a long-term fix. RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said these roads still need to be maintained.
“It’s pleasing the State Government has not gone with a blanket speed reduction for all of South Australia’s rural roads, as was previously proposed,” said Mr Mountain.
RAA will be seeking further clarification from the State Government behind its decision to drop the speed limit on these particular roads, and how the effectiveness of this move will be assessed.