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Lower speeds reduce to 40 km/hr in Latrobe City CBD's to improve safety
Speed limits will be reduced to 40 kilometres per hour across the central business districts.
Speed limits will be reduced to 40 kilometres per hour across the central business districts of Moe, Morwell, and Traralgon to reduce road trauma and save lives. The reduction from 50 km/h zones in high volume pedestrian and parking areas will improve safety for all road users, with the risk of death resulting from a collision decreasing by 60 per cent under the new limit.
Latrobe City Council will be reducing the CBD speed limits in Moe to 40 kilometres an hour in an effort to reduce fatalities and serious road crashes in the area
Keeping the community safe
Latrobe City Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan said it was an important change to keep our community safe. "Travelling at slower speeds costs you mere seconds in travel time and saves lives. The life or person we save from injury by following these new limits could be your own or that of a loved one."
"Travelling slower gives drivers and pedestrians more time to watch out for each other and to react if a pedestrian suddenly steps onto the road or another driver enters the traffic lane." Cr O'Callaghan said.
Speed limit sign will be on the streets soon
Moe's CBD is first in line for the new speed limit, with 40 km/h roadside signs to be erected soon. Morwell and Traralgon will follow suit respectively. There will be minimal traffic disruption while the signs are erected.
Once the roadside signs are in place motorists can be fined for travelling at more than 40 km/h in those locations. A map of the new 40 km/h areas will be available at www.latrobe.vic.gov.au
Zero road crash commitment
Council received funding from the Victorian Government's investment into the Safe Travel in Local Streets program in partnership with the Transport and Accident Commission (TAC) to implement this project.
The works reflect the 2050 Vision Zero statement adopted by the Federal and State governments - a commitment to zero road crash deaths and serious injuries by 2050. Other regional Victorian cities including Geelong, Bendigo, Wodonga and Shepparton have also adopted the new speed limit.
The Victorian Government's Towards Zero 2016-2020 Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan is investing in improving road safety towards Zero is the vision and strategy plan to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria's roads
Council officers will engage a consultant to refine the project plan and work with council, the community and Regional Roads Victoria to further develop road safety
Pictures from Latrobe City website.
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