Liberal candidate joins speed reduction debate

Liberal candidate for MacKillop Nick McBride has condemned the Labor Government’s decision to drop speed limits to 100km/h from 110km/h on eight of the state’s regional roads.

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).

Mr McBride said lowering the speed limit alone would not reduce the road toll but called on the State Labor Government to increase investment in upgrading roads not only on those eight but on local MacKillop roads, too.

“For too long this State Labor Government has neglected regional SA,” Mr McBride said. “Our roads are a shining example of this. Princes Highway is in desperate need of upgrade but the Labor Government can’t seem to see past the toll gate.

“Our Federal Member Tony Pasin managed to secure federal funding to finish the Penola bypass but the State Government won’t accept it.

“Lowering speed limits on country roads is yet another example of how Labor is out of touch with rural and regional South Australia.

“We desperately need a change of government to ensure those living outside Adelaide are taken seriously.” 

Mr McBride warned: “With so many local roads in need of upgrade a re-elected Labor Government would mean it’s only a matter of time before these speed limit cuts come to a road near you.” 

The 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 the roads still need to be maintained.