Blanket speed limit reductions not the answer to reducing the regional road toll

A blanket speed limit reduction on c-class country roads is a cheap and easy option to try and reduce the road toll, Member for South West Coast and Shadow Minister for Rural Roads Roma Britnell says.

Ms Britnell said this issue cannot have a one-size fits all approach. Speed limit reductions should not be the first option when it comes to addressing the rising road toll she said.

The idea was first floated at last month’s road safety forum and has been raised several times since.

“Improving road surfaces and increasing safety features on high-risk sections of roads where accidents are happening would be a much better tactic to take,” Ms Britnell said.

“In south West Coast area the proposal would reduce the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h on roads like the Portland-Nelson Road, Heywood-Woolsthorpe Road, Warrnambool-Caramut Road, Portland-Casterton Road, Cobden-Warrnambool Road, Penshurst-Warrnambool Road and the Myamyn-Macarthur Road.

“Simply slowing people down while failing to properly address the underlying safety issues like potholed and warped surfaces is lazy policy.”

“Labor have been in government in Victoria for all but four of the past 20 years – they have overseen a continued degradation of the rural road network and have failed to appropriately manage and maintain it.

“And it’s only going to get worse, with Labor using money for road maintenance to fix damaged wire rope barriers, reducing spending on rural road upgrade projects by $220 million and taking $2 billion out of the TAC to prop up their mismanaged state budget.   

“This is a government that is being tempted to take the easy option, to slow people down rather than actually fix the roads.”

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