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50km/h speed limit starts Monday

New 50km/h speed limit for residential streets will take effect from Monday.

By Latrobe City Council - 16th January 2001 - Back to News

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The new 50km/h speed limit for residential streets being introduced by the State Government, will take effect from Monday, Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning, has reminded Latrobe motorists.

“Under the new regulations, 50 km/h has become the ‘default’ speed limit in residential streets. This means that if there is no sign indicating a greater or lesser speed limit, it’s 50km/h,” Councillor Hanning said.

“At present, additional speed restriction signs are being progressively installed to clearly identify those roads that will retain a 60km/h or other speed limit. Most, but not all of these signs will be in place by 22 January. However, if motorists are in any doubt as to the speed at which they should be travelling, I would urge them to ‘Think Safe. Think 50’.

“The State Government has introduced the new default speed limit to improve community safety. It is a move that is expected to result in at least 200 fewer road users being injured or killed in Victoria each year, and has the strong backing of municipal councils throughout Victoria,” Cr Hanning explained.

“As I have said previously, we are talking about local neighbourhood streets where you and I live, and where our children play. We all need to remember that it is never acceptable to speed through residential streets and the reduced speed limit of 50km/h is a maximum guide only. If the street is busy with people, children are playing, or weather conditions are poor, we should be travelling much more slowly. It is vital that we all obey the new speed limit and work to keep our community safe,” Cr Hanning added.

Acting Inspector Graham Wigg, Morwell Traffic Management Unit, said that police were supportive of the new 50km/h speed limit and would be on the look out for drivers who did not comply with the law.

Police will be issuing fines to drivers who do not comply with the new regulations. Compliance with the new speed limit will be monitored in the same way as other existing speed limits,” Acting Inspector Wigg explained.

“The State Government had been running an extensive advertising campaign over the past few weeks to explain the changes to the community, and there has been widespread news coverage in the media. In essence, claiming ignorance of the new speed limit regulations will not be an acceptable excuse,” he said.

Cr Hanning said that Latrobe City, together with RoadWise Gippsland also planned to undertake further publicity to help the community understand the new regulations and to encourage people to comply with the new speed limit.

Media Enquiries:

Cr. Tony Hanning, Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 373 577

Cr. Brendan Jenkins, Deputy Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 374 590

Ms. Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer,
tel. 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer,
tel. 5173 1468


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